USE INFO FROM: A BRIEF GLOBAL HISTORY TRADITIONS & ENCOUNTERS
Question 1; 20 points
Integrating the two primary sources located on Blackboard (Cassius Dio’s text for the Speech of Emperor Augustus, and the tomb engravings and laws for women), what is the meaning of family, marriage, and child-rearing in the culture of imperial Roman citizens?
Question 2; 20 points
Based on the Letters of Pliny and Trajan, and on the text of the Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicity, What can be learned about the extended Roman society within which Christianity grew (Roman Empire), and what can you figure out about how Roman courts, administrators, families, and prisons operated? Again, I caution you to be careful! There is a lot more going on in these texts than the repression or heroism of Christians, so look for additional information.
Question 3; 20 points
Discuss the politics and culture of the late Roman Empire in the west, and the rise of the western Germanic kingdoms’ culture, social, and political structures. [To help you a bit, remember that culture is linked to language, education, religion, traditions, so discuss a few of these issues for culture; social issues are linked to the relationships among groups in society, and political issues are linked to the methods of governance and control.]
Question 4; 20 points
As you look at the icons in Lecture 20B consider and answer the following questions: a) What do you see that appears to be influenced by Greco-Roman culture? b) What do you see that remains similar in all the icons from all regions and periods and what appears different in different times or places? c) What do you see that reflects Christian views of religion? [NOTE: Most icons were originally painted in vibrant colors…time has darkened many of them. Also, the faces are not intended to look angry. Think instead of such characteristics as somber, stern, quiet, loving, thoughtful, sad…how do they appear to you? Consider why an artist might conceptualize Jesus or a saint or an angel with such an expression?]
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