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On Clovis 1. The title is On Clovis and the author is the Bishop Gregory of Tours. The reading is from the online source. It was assigned on April 19 of week three. 2. The first section, The Incident of the Vase of Soissons, occurred around A.D. 486 when the Franks pillaged the churches. In this section, the minister begged Clovis to bring back the Vase of Soissons because it was a holy vessel. The king agreed and went to ask for it from one of his soldier that claimed the vase as booty. However, through envy, the soldier destroyed the vase because he rather has no one have it than to give it away. Then, a year later, the king killed the soldier because he did not give the vase to Clovis. The second section, The Conversion of Clovis to Christianity, occurred around A.D. 496 when Clovis was in a battle with his enemies and he realized that his gods were not real because they didn’t help him when he pleaded to them. Instead, he vowed to convert to Christianity if he could survive the battle. Miraculously, after saying so, not only was Clovis able to survive but even won the battle. This tale is similar to Constantine’s situation where the conversion to Christianity brought power to the king. 3. For the first section, the most important point would be that the envious soldier destroyed the vase because he didn’t want Clovis to have it. For the second, the conversion to Christianity helped Clovis won the battle. 4. For the first, the quote is from the soldier that broke the vase, “ Thou shalt receive nothing of this unless a just lot give it to thee.” The second quote is of Clovis begging for Jesus Christ to help him during the battle, “If thou shalt grant me victory over these enemies and I test that power which people consecrated to thy name say they have proved concerning thee, I will believe in thee and be baptized in thy name.” 5. What happened to the vase when Clovis asked for it from his soldier? How did Clovis feel about Christianity before the battle? Why did Clovis convert to Christianity?
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1. “The World Beyond China” April 26, Week 4.2 Reader 2. This piece is written by Sima Qian who describes people of different cultures outside the boundaries of China such as the southwestern barbarians, the Dayuan, and the Xiongnu. During the Han Dynasty expansionist policies were followed, Emperor Wu taking a special interest in establishing colonies and waging campaigns. For the Chinese, the Xiongnu in the Northern region above China are especially threatening. Sima Qian describes the cultural aspects of the outlying peoples. These societies are either settled or pastoral and are simple in their government structure which is ruled by chieftains. The Xiongnu for example, are a pastoral people with no cities that occasionally raid others while the Dayuan are settled with cities. The Xiongnu are a society in which the strong and warlike are rewarded. Also, the laws of the Xiongnu are straightforward with punishments that are similar in magnitude to the crime. The Xiongnu as well as other
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