Syllabus [EuroHist-HHS123-F09]

For 10/26-28

Assignment 8

Remember to "REFRESH."

Late Rome to Byzantium, Early Islam, and the Supernatural Arts

For Monday:


Read Davies: pp. 238-258 (also read boxes on p. 233, and pp. 260-261.)


Read Part I, in this short history of Early Islam thing: Newsome-et_al-EARLY_ISLAM-notes.htm


::::CAL Article/Conf:Article files:Images for Article:Figure 9- Astrological charts :Fig.9-Horoscope--150dpi.jpg

This birth-chart shows the houses (numbered and with basic realm of influence) and the astrological constellations/signs (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, ... , etc) and the approximate positions of the heavenly bodies (sun, moon, planets).  The rotational orientation of the houses is determined by the date and hour in question, like a birth.  The Macrocosm (the heavens) and the Microcosm (the person, or some terrestrial question) are connected.  In the center of this chart are geometrical relationships mapped out for this particular astrological arrangement.  These can also be read in musical terms.

For Wednesday:



Fill out this Survey, print it out and hand it in to me in class.  Survey.doc or in HTML: Survey.htm


Read on astrology and astral magic in Kieckhefer's book, Magic in the Middle Ages: pp. 85-90 and 120-133.  Kieckhefer-Magic_Middle_Ages-Astrology.pdf [11.1MB] [Sorry for the large file and poor quality.]


Read Part II of the Early Islam reading: Newsome-et_al-EARLY_ISLAM-notes.htm


Read this – "Can You Tell a Sunni From a Shiite?" by Stein - PDF




Optional: NY Times- Oct. 27, 2009 – "The Human Body Is Built for Distance" – Parker-Pope Human Body Built for Distance - 2009/10/27/health/27well.html {The "Barefoot Running" video link on this page is of related interest.}




Essay: As usual, write about the readings and try to incorporate previous readings. 


This is the extent of Islamic rule as of the 8th c.  It was huge.



For comparison, here is the Roman Empire at its largest.



If the Byzantine Empire is really just a Christianized Eastern Roman Empire, can the Muslim expansion also be seen as an Islamic Roman Empire of sorts?

There have been numerous schisms and conflicts and defections throughout the history of Christianity. Here are just a few…

-The Schism (343-98) during the Arian troubles: associated with Trinitarian philosophy and a variety of gnostic issues

-The Great Schism of 1054 between Western Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox

-Another “Great Schism” lasting from 1378-1414 during which time there were 3 popes

-Martin Luther posts his 95 Theses (protestations about the power structure and behavior of the Roman Church) in Wittenberg in 1517: from this act Protestantism begins, leading to the hundreds if not thousands of protesting denominations like the Lutherans, Calvinists, Unitarians, Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, Evangelicals… etc.


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