CLAS 315

The Later Roman Empire: Law, Religion, and Society

Prerequisites: CLAS 211, CLAS 307, or HIST 223; first-year students and sophomores with permission. This course looks at the Roman Empire from the third through the fifth century, the time of “decline and fall” which saw the triumph of Christianity and the disintegration of the western half of the Empire into regional, “barbarian” states. Emphasis will be on the social and religious changes the Roman world saw, and readings will include selections from the legal sources and Christian writings that survive from this period. Offered alternate years. III.O, V.1

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