The Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity

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Overview

Join a historically focused discussion of the dramatic interaction between Judaism, Christianity, and paganism presented by an award-winning teacher, classical scholar, and one of the most esteemed historians at The Great Courses.

Topics Covered:
  • 1: Religious Conflict in the Roman World
  • 2: Gods and Their Cities in the Roman Empire
  • 3: The Roman Imperial Cult
  • 4: The Mystery Cults
  • 5: Platonism and Stoicism
  • 6: Jews in the Roman Empire
  • 7: Christian Challenge-First Conversions
  • 8: Pagan Response-First Persecutions
  • 9: Christian Bishops and Apostolic Churches
  • 10: Pagan Critics and Christian Apologists
  • 11: First Christian Theologians
  • 12: Imperial Crisis and Spiritual Crisis
  • 13: The Great Persecutions
  • 14: The Spirit of Late Paganism
  • 15: Imperial Recovery under the Tetrarchs
  • 16: The Conversion of Constantine
  • 17: Constantine and the Bishops
  • 18: Christianizing the Roman World
  • 19: The Birth of Christian Aesthetics and Letters
  • 20: The Emperor Julian and the Pagan Reaction
  • 21: Struggle over Faith and Culture
  • 22: New Christian Warriors-Ascetics and Monks
  • 23: Turning Point-Theodosius I
  • 24: Justinian and the Demise of Paganism