Jun 16, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 [Archived Catalog]

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CARS 2440 - Pagan to Christian in Late Antiquity


This course explores the dramatic change from pagan to Christian religion and culture in the late Roman Empire during the 4th through 6th centuries. From the 1st to 3rd centuries, Christianity was changing from a Jewish sect as it spread throughout the cities of the Roman Empire. Paganism had a huge impact on Christianity, and in turn Christianity reshaped the society and government of the late Roman Empire. Sources include writings from ancient historians, Church fathers, Christian and pagan apologists, philosophy, art and archaeology.

Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Pillar: Humanities: Text and Contexts
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 2HL
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Course Transferability: OTM course: TMAH Arts & Humanities
College Credit Plus: Level 1
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to employ the principles, terminology, and methods of classical studies and ancient history to present a position on an issue related to this period and present a written argument expressing the basis on which that opinion is formed.
  • Students will be able to analyze, interpret, and evaluate evidence from material culture as well as from literary sources in reaching conclusions about paganism and early Christianity.
  • Students will be able to explain Constantine’s role in the spread of Christianity in the 3rd Century.
  • Students will be able to explain the nature and context of different kinds of evidence about early Christianity and its relation to paganism.
  • Students will be able to identify and explain the underlying principles of paganism as it was practiced in the Greco Roman world.
  • Students will be able to communicate concepts and evidence related to the ways in which 1st Century Christianity defined itself in relation to Judaism.



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