LJMgrB67 From an old world to a new one? Changes and continuities between the Roman High Empire and Christian

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
prof. Rudolf Haensch (lecturer), prof. PhDr. Daniela Urbanová, Ph.D. (deputy)
prof. PhDr. Daniela Urbanová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Daniela Urbanová, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Tue 9. 10. 16:00–17:40 A21, Wed 10. 10. 10:00–11:40 A21, Thu 11. 10. 10:00–11:40 A21, Fri 12. 10. 10:00–11:40 A21, Mon 15. 10. 10:00–11:40 B2.33
Interest in ancient history.Basic knowledge of ancient society, interest in innovative and interdisciplinary questions, regular participation.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is to provide students with selected topics concerning the Church in Late Antiquity.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
outline religious situation in Late Antiquity;
outline the change from Pagan to Christian society;
describe the establishment of Christian administration;
describe the position of the bishop and the emperor.
  • The coures will be held by prof. Rudolf Haensch, University of Munich.
  • The seminar will discuss examples of particularly important changes and continuity after 312 AD, i.e. after Christianity was officially acknowledged and became an ever growing religious, economic and political factor. We will discuss inter alia, at which time and how often, and with which intentions churches were built on the fundaments of temples or temples were reconstructed as churches. Was euergetism, i.e. the financing of public building by members of the elites, which according to Paul Veyne had been central to any building activity in Hellenistic and Roman imperial times, also typical for church-building? Were bishops simply a new kind of civic magistrates or something quite different? What about the administration of the ever-growing church properties - did it imitate public financial administration or did the influence of Christian ideas change a number or aspects? Did the role and the image of the emperor survive without any significant changes in the Christian world of Byzance, did it become stronger or weaker?
  • 1. Churches over temples - when and why and how often?;
  • 2. New wine in old skins? From Pagan to Christian euergetism;
  • 3. Building up a new financial administration: The Church in Late Antiquity;
  • 4. The bishop in his community - the same as a civic magistrate?;
  • 5. The emperor in the Christian provinces - loosing a central role.
    recommended literature
  • HAENSCH, R. Die Rolle der Bischöfe im 4. Jahrhundert: Neue Anforderungen und neue Antworten. Chiron 37, 2007, pp. 153-181.
  • JONES, A. H. M. The Later Roman Empire 284-602. Oxford 1964: II 873-937 and III 292-320 („The Church“).
Teaching methods
Lectures, discussion.
Assessment methods
Regular and active attendance.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught only once.
General note: Výuka bude probíhat v angličtině.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 8. – 16. 10. 2018.

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