Marcus M. Witcher, 20th Century U.S. History
Department of History, Huntingdon College 

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Part One: From the Dawn of Creation to the Fall of Rome

1. Introductory Lecture

2. The Ancient Near East

3. Egyptian Civilization 

4. The Early Greeks and the Rise of the Greek Polis

5. Divergent Models of the Polis: Athens, Sparta, and Corinth

6. The Peloponnesian War

7. The Macedonian Empire and its Dissolution 

8. Early Rome and the Roman Republic

9. Crisis in the Roman Republic

10. The Fall of the Republic and the Beginning of the Imperial Period

11. Imperial Rome and Early Christianity

12. The Conversion of the Empire and the "Barbarian" Threat
Tacitus, "Germania"

13. The Dissolution of the Roman Empire in the West

Part Two: From the Fall of Rome to the Reformation

14. Early Medieval Europe

15. The Franks and Medieval Society
Finhard, "Life of Charlemagne"
"Feudal Documents"

16. Viking Culture and Society 

17. The Idea of England: Alfred the Great and His Progeny 

18. The Medieval Church and Spiritual-Secular Conflicts

19. Monarchies, Papal and Secular 

20. The Rise of Islam

21. The Crusades
Fulcher of Chartres, "The First Crusade and the Siege of Jerusalem"
Iban Al-Qalanisi, "The Damascus Chronicle" 

22. Medieval Intellectual Life
Thomas Aquinas, "Summa Theologica"
Christine de Pisan, "The Book of the City of Ladies"

23. Towns, Trade, and the Black Death

24. Renaissance I: Humanism and Culture
Francesco Petarca, "Letters"
Giorgio Vasari, "The Life of Leonardo da Vinci" 
Leon Battista Alberti, On the Family

25. Renaissance II: Machiavelli and Secular Politics
Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

26. Luther and the Protestant Reformation I
Desiderius Erasmus, In Praise of Folly
Sir Thomas Moore, Utopia 
Martin Luther, "The Freedom of a Christian"

27. Luther and the Protestant Reformation II