1. History’s Story
  2. Wanderers and Settlers: The Ancient Middle East to 400 B.C.
  3. The Chosen People: Hebrews and Jews, 2000 B.C. to A.D. 135
  4. Trial of the Hellenes: The Ancient Greeks, 1200 B.C. to A.D. 146
  5. Imperium Romanum: The Romans, 753 B.C. to A.D. 300
  6. The Revolutionary Rabbi: Christianity, the Roman Empire, and Islam, 4 B.C. to A.D. 1453
  7. From Old Rome to the New West: The Early Middle Ages, A.D. 500 to 1000
  8. The Medieval Mêlée: The High and Later Middle Ages, 1000 to 1500
  9. Making the Modern World: The Renaissance and Reformation, 1400 to 1648
  10. Liberation of Mind and Body: Early Modern Europe, 1543 to 1815
  11. Mastery of the Machine: The Industrial Revolution, 1764 to 1914
  12. The Westerner’s Burden: Imperialism and Nationalism, 1810 to 1918
  13. Rejections of Democracy: The InterWar Years and World War II, 1917 to 1945
  14. A World Divided: The Early Cold War, 1945 to 1980
  15. Into the Future: The Contemporary Era, 1980 to the Present
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Primary Sources for Chapter 6
The Revolutionary Rabbi: Christianity, the Roman Empire, and Islam, 4 B.C. to A.D. 1453

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The Son of Man

The Gospel of Matthew 18:  A selection from the story of Jesus’ life.
Content Question: According to this chapter, what are the challenges people face to get into heaven?
Analysis Question: How does it seem authority works in this process?
Evaluative Questions: Why would people find these teachings attractive?

Other Sources:

Various translations and aids for the Bible are here.


The Cultural War

Letters of Pliny and Trajan:  an exchange between an emperor and a governor show Roman attitudes toward the Christians around A.D. 112.
Content Question: What are the specific concerns that Pliny brings to the emperor's attention?
Analysis Question: What worries about religion and social order does this exchange reveal?
Evaluative Questions: How much do these letters show relations between Christians and pagans being based on fear, misinformation, and ignorance?


Roma Delenda Est

Augustine’s City of God, Chapter 21:  the Church Father discusses God’s purpose in granting rule.
Content Question: What key empires and rulers does Augustine review?
Analysis Question: How does Augustine argue for his interpretation of God’s role in rulership?
Evaluative Questions: Why should those who believe in Augustine’s God be involved in politics?

The full text of The City of God is here or here.


Struggle for the Realm of Submission

Tarik’s address to his soldiers:  The Muslim commander encourages his troops before battle during the invasion of the Visigothic Kingdom in the Iberian Peninsula.
Content Question: What does Tarik say to motivate his soldiers?
Analysis Question: What motivations could be said to any soldier in any time and place versus those in this particular battle?
Evaluative Question: Why were Muslim armies so effective?

Other Sources:

The full Qu'ran is available here or here or here.


Primary Source Project Links

6. Paul of Tarsus versus Pliny the Younger and Trajan


Last Updated: 8 January 2017