Astrolabes, Arms, and Azulejos: Medieval Science, Technology, and Material Culture.
In this survey of the Middle Ages, we will explore the time period in between the fall of the Roman Empire until the emergence of the Renaissance (1400s). We will focus on three sibling civilizations — Western Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic Mediterranean.
This course investigates Europe’s massive societal changes during the Renaissance, and the continent’s war of religion. Students explore the social, familial, and economic transformations generated from new manners of accumulating wealth and status.