In the Pre-Modern era, many people's sense of self and purpose was often expressed via a faith in some form of deity, be that in a single God or in many gods. Pre-modern cultures have not been thought of creating a sense of distinct individuality, though. Religious officials, who often held positions of power, were the spiritual intermediaries to the common person. It was only through these intermediaries that the general masses had access to the divine. Tradition was sacred to ancient cultures and was unchanging and the social order of ceremony and morals in a culture could be strictly enforced.
The Internet History Sourcebooks Project is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented in easy to browse chronological lists. In addition to the ‘Selected Sources France’ page users are encouraged to explore the…
The Digital Research Archive for Byzantium (DiFaB) is a visual resource database devoted to the cultural legacy of Byzantium. Its aim is to digitize archives of historical photographs, associate this material with new photographic images and make…
Chronological listing of selected French primary historical documents that have been transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated.