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HIST 4503 The Papacy from its Origins until 1216 (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

The course will indicate the main developments in the papal office from the time of St. Peter until the end of the reign of Pope Innocent III. How did popes get to be rulers of central Italy? When and why do they use such titles as Sovereign Pontiff and Vicar of Christ? What is the extent of the power that the papacy claims for itself? Using primary and secondary texts the course will aim to give some understanding of the development of the papal office, and in particular look at the struggles between the sacred and the secular.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Oliver Rafferty

Prerequisites: The History Core, Parts I and II.

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17