The Catholic University of America


Undergraduate Courses in

Early Christian Studies


Fall 2012


ECST 305/HIST 305A “The Ancient Christian Roots of the Medieval West”
Philip Rousseau TTh 2:10-3:25 Shahan 306
The course will identify features of the earlier medieval religious world that had endured since late antiquity, albeit adapted to new circumstances. After considering terrain and material culture, we shall examine social, institutional, and cultural developments under such key headings as “community,” “leadership,” “ceremony,” “formation,” “anthropology,” and “art.”  The course will open and close with a survey of the city of Rome immediately after 590 and immediately before 1073. A syllabus will be ready towards the end of the summer.