The historical period now known as “Late Antiquity” carves out three centuries from the old “Ancient” category and a century and a half from the old “Medieval” category. Late Antiquity thus claims for itself a swath of time from about the 150s A.D. to the 650s A.D.
During Late Antiquity, the Mediterranean world as it had been known in Ancient times dissolved, enormous creative energies came out of that dissolution and created three brand new, long lasting societies: Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic world.
Gaining some understanding of this period, which, as one historian has put it, seems “caught between the regretful contemplation of ancient ruins and the excited acclamation of new growth,” enables a much greater appreciation for the issues and battles many of our fathers in the Faith waged as they played their parts in God’s providential ordering of history.
In this six-week seminar, we will explore this fascinating time period with an eye toward gaining a better appreciation of God’s providential ordering of early Church history. Our format will be a week to read a selection on our own, followed ba live discussion at the end of the week.
Late Antique Christianity, 6 weeks – $0
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