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Joel T Walker
HSTAM 314
Seattle Campus

The World of Late Antiquity

Examines the transformation of the ancient world from the third-century crisis of the Roman Empire to the rise of Islamic civilization. Explores the manifold political, cultural, and social changes that transformed Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Near East between the third and the eighth centuries CE.

Class description

Students in this course will learn about the transformation of the ancient world during the period of late antiquity. We will read and discuss a wide range of primary sources written by "pagans," Christians, Jews, and Muslims, and also investigate the geography, art, and archaeology of the Mediterranean world and the Middle East between the second and eighth centuries C.E. Students in this course will receive W-credit for writing.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This is a small lecture course that combines lecture with discussion.

Recommended preparation

There are no prerequisites for enrollment, but prior studies in one or more of the following areas is recommended: Classics or ancient history, medieval European history, Islamic studies, Jewish studies, or the history of Christianity.

Class assignments and grading

One 3-4 page paper (with an optional rewrite), one 6-8 page page, 2 quizzes, and a final. Students will also be expected to complete assigned readings before class to facilitate discussion

Class participation 10% Two quizzes 20% First paper 20% Second paper 25% Final exam 25%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Joel T Walker
Date: 04/06/2008