Allen E. Jones, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Interium Department Chair

Education: B.S., Francis Marion College, 1987 M.A., University of South Carolina, 1992 Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1998

Teaching Interests: Social, religious and intellectual history, Late Antiquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance

Research Interests: Late Antique Gaul Gregory of Tours and his World

Presently Jones is converting his dissertation into a publishable manuscript. The work investigates the extent to which people who were not part of the power structures of sixth-century Gaul impacted society as they pursued their own goals. It details how particular groupings of non-aristocrats--from lesser clerics and beggars registered at local churches to physicians and folk healers--cooperated and contended with socially prominent ecclesiastics. Saints and sorcerers! Fun stuff!

Otherwise, Jones is engaged in an exacting analysis of words pertaining to death (e. g., obiit, interiit, migravit) in the texts of Gregory of Tours and other late ancient writers. He is trying to determine whether the sixth-century bishop is conventional or original in his willingness to share his opinions on the salvation and damnation of dozens of individual deceased souls. Death and damnation! More fun!

Courses Taught at TROY: History 1101   Western Civilization I History 1102   Western Civilization II History 1103   Western Civilization I (Honors) History 1104   Western Civilization II (Honors) History 3341   Medieval Europe History 3342   Renaissance and Reformation  History 3343   Age of Absolutism  History 3344   Age of Reason                          History 3375   Research and Methodology History 4495   Selected Topics: Crusades History 4495   Selected Topics: Late Antiquity - or - The (Not So) Dark Ages


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