We continued our conversation today about what we think we know about Africa and what we may learn to know in reality. We read through together Binyavanga Wainaina's "How To Write About Africa" and thought about how stereotypes helps frame what we think we know in the world.
Tonight, your homework is to look at a couple maps of Africa. Tomorrow, we'll work to dismantle some of the stereotypes we
In the next few weeks, we will be investigating issues, ideas, and questions that stem from Africa. What comes to mind when you think of Africa? Do you an accurate understanding of the peoples, societies, and states within the continent. If not, why is it misrepresented? It is my hope that in the next unit, we will be able to cast light on a continent often overshadowed by other peoples and world cultures.
During Justinian's reign, the Byzantine Empire extended westward. Today, we learned how it extended north as well!
Not every Byzantine emperor felt strongly about the supernatural powers of icons. Today, we learned how Byzantine disagreements led to greater differences between the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches. We then discussed how these differences led to an even larger religious dispute: The Great Schism of 1054!
Today we better understood the difference between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, and we also examined the Orthodox emphasis on icons and their supposed supernatural powers.
Tomorrow, we may begin some work on another Orthodox sect: The Russian Church!
Welcome back! Today, we finished up our work on the Hagia Sophia and discussed, if only briefly, the Western and Eastern religions.
Tomorrow, we will explore Byzantine icons and iconoclasm with a little more in-depth!
Today, we took our map quiz on Eastern European geographic markers, and then we examined the Hagia Sophia. Continue to think about what the Byzantines valued, both when they were under Justinian's rule and also when they were under the Turks' rule.
Today, we got to better understand the capital of the Byzantine Empire: Constantinople. We learned how its geographic location served to benefit the empire for the better part of a millennium, but we also discovered how and why it incurred many threats.
Tomorrow, you will have a map quiz on the empire. Be sure to commit those geographic markers to memory!