Through a study of the primary texts relating to the early monastic movement in the Late Roman Empire, this unit will give students an overview of the spiritual teachings of some of the monastic fathers, such as Pachomius, Basil of Caesarea and John Cassian concerning spiritual perfection and ascetic paideia.
Identify the primary sources relating to the early monastic movement in the Late Roman Empire,
Explain these sources within their historical context
Demonstrate the characteristics of their particular type or genre
Articulate from the primary sources the various theologies that became prominent in Late Antiquity and how they impacted and/or challenged monastic circles
Develop a critical framework for reading and interpreting historical events contained in the primary sources
Construct a geography of sacred space from primary sources
Weekly sessions, comprising guided reading from the set texts, additional reading resources and some notes, together with an online tutorial. Students will be expected to contribute to the discussions in each session.
Written Assessment Task 2500 word
Written Assessment Task 3000 words
Practical Assessment equivalent to 500 words
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019
Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-24 13:29:13 +1100