This unit will enable students to address at an advanced level historical issues involved in women’s roles, position and status in Late Antiquity (the period of transition from the ancient to the medieval world, 3rd to 8th century CE), and attitudes towards them. The focus of the unit will be women in Egypt and Byzantium. By reading selected primary sources, this unit will engage with some of the most powerful and influential women in antiquity and analyse the roles these women played in religious and theological debates, the home, and social and economic life
Articulate an advanced understanding of women's history in late antiquity;
Analyse at an advanced level the change in attitude towards women in the transition from Ancient to early Medieval times;
Compare and contrast the various theologies that were prominent in Late Antiquity and the role played by selected women in these debates;
Critically interpret historical events contained in the primary sources.
Evaluate at an advanced level the role of women in late antiquity
Demonstrate the capacity to research a specific topic in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner.
24 points AH/CH, 72 points any disciplines
Asynchronous video lectures, synchronous tutorials face-to-face and online
Primary sources: * John of Nikiu, Chronicle: downloadable from http://www.tertullian.org/fathers/nikiu2_chronicle.htm * Palladius, Historia Lausiaca: downloadable from http://www.tertullian.org/fathers/palladius_lausiac_02_text.htm * Procopius, Secret History: downloadable from http://arcticbeacon.com/books/Procopius-Anecdota-The_Secret_History.pdf * Pseudo-Athanasius, The Life and Regimen of the Blessed and Holy Syncletica, Part 1 & 2, ed. & trans. Mary Schaeffer, (Peregrina, 2001 & 2005). * Socrates, Historia Ecclesiastica: downloadable from http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf202.toc.html * Ward, Benedicta, Harlots of the Desert. Kalamazoo: Cistercian Publications, 1987
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Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 30 Sep, 2020
Unit record last updated: 2020-09-30 17:34:59 +1000