The Early Middle Ages, 284--1000 (HIST 210)The emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity brought change to the Roman Empire as its population gradually abandoned the old religions in favor of Christianity. The reign of Julian the Apostate, a nephew of Constantine, saw the last serious attempt to restore civic polytheism as the official religion. The Christian church of the fourth century was divided, however, by two serious heresies: Arianism and Donatism. Religious dissent led to the intervention of the emperors at church councils and elsewhere. Professor Freedman then introduces St. Augustine's Confessions, including an overview of Platonism.00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction 08:09 - Chapter 2. Julian the Apostate12:17 - Chapter 3. Essential Heresies: Arianism and Donatism26:04 - Chapter 4. Essential Heresies 2: Manicheanism30:06 - Chapter 5. Roman Emperors and Christian Heresies40:33 - Chapter 6. Introduction to St. Augustine's Confessions43:51 - Chapter 7. PlatonismComplete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.eduThis course was recorded in Fall 2011.