Undergraduate Course: The World of St Augustine (ANHI10013)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The life and works of St Augustine (354-430) continue to fascinate those interested in history as well as theology and philosophy. This course uses the life and writings of Augustine as a springboard into a fascinating period of transformation and conflict. The letters, sermons and treatises of Augustine help illuminate such diverse subjects as the Donatist Schism, pagan/Christian conflict and contemporary reactions to the Sack of Rome. Augustine himself provides an obvious focus for study, but the setting for his birth and most of his life, Roman North Africa, is an area uniquely rich in varied source material. As well as the writings of Augustine we shall study the rich material culture of late antique North Africa as well as the vibrant local literary tradition. Subjects covered across the semester will include the ethnic, political and social conflicts of North Africa, issues of religious conversion and coercion, barbarian invasion and cultural transformation. During the summer vacation, and optional study visit to Tunisia, shared with the complementary course 'Africa in the Classical World' will add a unique, stimulating element to the course.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter (at least 2 of which should be in Ancient History) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Course Delivery Information
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| On successful completion of the course the student will have:
- knowledge of key aspects of the religious, cultural and social history of Late Antiquity.
- knowledge of the life, works and context of Augustine of Hippo.
- knowledge of the history of late antique North Africa.
- ability to use a wide range of source material, including both written and material evidence.
- bibliographical research skills to enable students independently to find information on particular areas of the broader subject.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled on this course, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3580 in order for approval to be obtained.
|Course organiser||Dr Lucy Grig
Tel: (0131 6)50 3579
|Course secretary||Ms Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582