In this assignment, you will write an essay about the various
major centers of learning in the latter half of the first millennium. These
centers had tremendous influence on civilizations past and present. Writing
this essay will give you an opportunity to see how the events of the age came
to be and how they still have an impact in your life today.
1. Read the
following article. Note that Istanbul is now the capital of Turkey. Formerly
called Constantinople, it was the capital of the Byzantine Empire during the
latter half of the first millennium. As you read the article, find in the
example of Istanbul indications of the divisions between Eastern and Western
cultures and the historical sources of these divisions.
2. Write an
essay to compare the Byzantine and Muslim centers of learning with the Western
and Eastern cultural traditions of Rome and Asia during the first millennium.
Consider these questions to guide your writing (Do not simply write a short
answer to each question; you are writing a well-developed, coherent essay.):
- Given that the
Byzantine and Muslim worlds had so much more in common with Western
culture than with Asian cultures, why are they currently considered
- How does the
article illustrate the historical sources of the modern divisions
between Western and Eastern cultural traditions?
- How were
Byzantium and Muslim centers of learning influential in the past?
- How are those
influences evident today culturally, politically, and in other ways?
Provide specific examples.
- Why do these
influences matter? How do they affect your life?
3. Be sure
to adhere to the following writing guidelines:
- Your essay must be between 3-4
pages in length.
- Your essay must be double-spaced
using 12-point font, with 1-inch margins.
- Include your name at the top of
the first page.
- Proofread your essay to
eliminate mechanical and grammatical errors.
- For citations, follow APA