2021-22 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2021-22 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

HIS 203HP - Search for a Useful Past I: Antiquity and the Middle Ages

(4 credits) (NWCore option under Historical Perspectives)
“The Search for a Useful Past: Antiquity and the Middle Ages” explores the intersection of religion, political organization, cultural expression, and human community through a historical investigation of the ancient Greek city-state, the Roman Empire and early Christianity, and medieval society. We begin with the culture, politics, and history of the ancient Greek polis. From there, we move to the culture, politics, and history of the Roman Empire, attending to how Rome appropriated the ideas of the Greeks and the development of Christianity as a deviant religious subculture within the empire. The course concludes with medieval and early modern Europe: a world of developing cities, political empires, and the cultural dominance of the Christian church.