History of Ancient Rome, HIA 321

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Week 13: The New Empire

Thursday, May 14

(1) Video lectures on Youtube
  13a - Diocletian and Constantine   13b - Christianization   Quiz 8 Recap
(2) Do the readings


XXX. Diocletian: Creating the Fourth-Century Empire Ward408–419
XXXI. Constantine the Great and Christianity Ward420–431
XXXII. From Constantine’s Dynasty to Theodosius the Great Ward432–438


DIOCLETIAN AND CONSTANTINE / Efforts to Stabilize the Economy Reader119
EUSEBIUS / The Conversion of Constantine Reader120
CONSTANTINE / The Edict of Milan Reader121
SOZOMEN / Constantine Founds Constantinople, 324 CE Reader122
JULIAN / Letter to Arsacius Reader123
(3) Post in the comments below
(4) Take Quiz #9 (closed)

Take the quiz between May 14 and 20.

  Quiz 9 Recap


Discussion and Presentations

Respond to and discuss the readings and lecture. Also try to react to what other students are saying. This is where we get at what these readings and ideas are all about, so discussing and interacting here is absolutely vital.

  • Your comments should include your reactions to the arguments made in the readings, both specific points made by the writers and their overall claims, assumptions, and biases, as well as responses to comments made by other students.
  • Your participation grade will be derive not only from the fact that you have posted, but on how well you contribute to the discussion of that day’s topic.

Make sure to also include a question that arose from you from today's readings or lecture. It can be any kind of question, but ideally something that provokes some discussion.