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History 1B Lec#1

History 1B Lec#1 - 9:32:00 AM Consider the world of...

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01/04/2008 11:32:00 Consider the world of Antiquity and the causes of its collapse. Understand the rise of the new medieval order and the challenge of "the dark  ages" World of Antiquity Greco-Roman World Contemporary Driven by Literacy. Poetry. Literature. o Very permeated. People are reading for philosophical contemplation  and pleasure. Learned people Commerce o Spread to China, Egypt, and Syria. o Competition and material pleasure. Legalistic, Constitutional Pagan. Prior to Christianity. o Very open. Fluid borders. o Family god and state god. Rome End of the Pax Romana Once Rome stopped expanding and collecting tribute, all the money starts to  dry up. Started to experience rapid inflation. Internal strife, civil war. Unraveling of social order. Barbarians wanted to be Romans: Romanitas.
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