This project will identify the similarities and differences between Constantinople in the 6th century and the Baby Boomer Generation of Nashville in the 1960s.
Both cities, although separate in terms of geography and time, represent key events in their respective periods. The discussion of these events as manifested in their arts, music, and literature would be interesting subjects of study.
This project will compare Constantinople in the Dark Ages and Nashville in the 1960s and focus on their arts, music, and literature. The inhabitants of these cities will also be described. In Constantinople, the Christians resided, as the city was the seat of the Roman Empire. In modern day Nashville, the focus would be those belonging to the Baby Boomer generation, who are in the 1960s already in their youth or young adulthood. The Baby Boomers are those born in America between 1946 and 1964, right after the Second World War.
As the new capital of the Roman empire, the City of Constantinople became known for its majestic religious structures, such as cathedrals. The walls of the churches contain sculptors and paintings which provide students from the present day with an idea of the city’s state in the Dark Ages. Meanwhile, Nashville had a huge contribution to America’s civil rights movement. It was in the 1960s that the “Nashville Way,” an “elaborate racial etiquette” of relations was recognized. One event in February 1960, the “Nashville 1960 sit-ins” was a major accomplishment of the civil rights movement and became a “national model and indeed an international model for nonviolent direct action” (Houston, 2012, p.82). The music scene at Nashville was also very flourishing in the 1960s.
As regards structures representing the cities, Constantinople had Hagia Sophia representing its splendor while Nashville had the Grand Ole Opry. Hagia Sophia was considered the “greatest church [structure] in the world” back then (Hughes, 2006, p.390). It was quite impressive and “at the time it was built, it was the largest enclosed space in the world” (Ray, 2012, p.20) The Grand Ole Opry showcases the musical talents of the city. Religion dominated the lives of the residents in Constantinople while Music performances were events that Nashville residents looked forward to.
This project aims to answer the following research questions:
- What are the characteristics of the City of Constantinople in the 6th century?
- What are the characteristic of the City of Nashville in the 1960s?
- Who are the Christians in the Dark Ages?
- Who are the Baby Boomers Generation?
- What role did religion play in the flourishing art scene of Constantinople?
- How did music transform Nashville in the 1960s?
- What major art forms were produced in Constantinople during the Dark Ages?
- What kinds of music became most popular in Nashville in the 1960s? Who were the artists who performed frequently and what kinds of music did they play?
- What was the role of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople?
- What role did the Grand Ole Opry play in the development of the music industry in Nashville?
Life in the cities in certain periods is depicted by their arts, music, and literature. The Cities of Constantinople and Nashville are different from each other in terms of geographical location and inhabitants. Despite these differences, the two cities have things in common. Both cities represent key events in their respective time periods; religion for Constantinople while music for Nashville. Identifying the ways by which the cities’ conditions (political, social, spiritual) are reflected in the arts, music, and literature would enable the readers to gain a better understanding about these cities and its people. Thus, this study will look into the cities structures, sculptors, and music.
- Research Question
What are the similarities and differences between the Cities of Constantinople in the Dark Ages and Nashville in the 1960s?
- Theoretical Framework
- Related Literature
- Role of religion in the growth of cities
- Arts, music, and literature as products of a city’s development
- Characteristics of the City of Constantinople in the 6th century?
- Characteristic of the City of Nashville in the 1960s?
- Available data / Sample
- Data-gathering methods (online research of journals, books, book reviews)
- Data-analysis (thematic analysis; content analysis)
- Findings: Similarities and differences between Constantinople and Nashville
- Political and social situation
- Conclusion, Discussion, and Implications for Further Research
Barber, John (2008). The Road from Eden: Studies in Christianity and Culture. Palo Alto, CA: Academica Press.
Houston, B. (2012). The Nashville Way: Racial Etiquette and the Struggle for Social Justice in a Southern City. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press.
Hughes, V. (2006). Shaken, not Stirred. Nature, 443 (7110), 390-391. Doi:1038/443390a.
Ray, W.D. (2012). Tasting Heaven on Earth: Worship in 6th Century Constantinople. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing.