In this class, we will
review the historical and cultural background of Latin literature
in late Antiquity.
If you are not familiar with the basic tenets of Christianity
or with the history of the Catholic Church, please browse the Catechism
of the Catholic Church, espcially section 2, the creeds. (For
comparison, here are the Anglican
creed and evangelical
Protestant creeds). You may also want
to read one of the gospels, perhaps Luke.
In preparation for Augustine, browse the first chapter of Stock (at right); and read this
article on Manichaeism, this handout and this article on Neoplatonism, Athanasius against
the Arians and Jerome against
the Pelagians (book 1 only).
You Tube video from History Channel on the Dark Ages.
Brian Stock, Augustine the Reader (Harvard, 1996), via UMass.
Late Antiquity: historical
sources such as Marcellinus
on Hadrianople, for example.
Handout on liturgical style of creed.
1) Curtius, ch. 2,
"Latin Middle Ages; ch 3. "Literature and Education, pp. 17-61.
2) Raby, finish chapter 1, pp. 1-43.