History | Christians and Pagans in Early Middle Ages
J400 | 11562 | Deliyannis


Above class open to majors only
Above class open to undergraduates only
J400: P-HIST J300

Between AD 33 and 1400, the people of Europe gradually converted
from a variety of other religions to Christianity.  In this course,
we will consider the (scanty) evidence for pre-Christian religions
and the narratives of conversion for each region of Europe, focusing
on the post-Roman period (i.e. after AD 400).  We will critically
read both primary sources and secondary literature, and we will also
consider archaeological evidence, in order to understand what can be
learned about these topics.

This course will be taught as a seminar; that is, classes will be
discussion based, and students should expect to actively participate
in, and perhaps occasionally lead, the discussion.  Each student
will give an oral presentation on one book, and there will also be
several short written exercises on the readings.   The major
requirement of the course will be a 15-20-page research paper on a
topic of the student's choice, which will also be presented orally
to the class at the end of the semester.