The Religions of Greece and Rome|
Spring 2008 not offered
This course provides an introduction to the religious traditions and practices of Greece and Rome from the Greek Dark Ages to the High Roman Empire. Major topics will include: cult and community, sacrifice, prophecy and divination, belief, sacred space and sacred time, the introduction of foreign gods, religion and medicine, the worship of mortals, war and religion, domestic cult, spectacle and the divine, mystery cults, magic and superstition. The course will for the most part not consider Judaism and early Christianity.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Student Option|
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Apuleius, THE GOLDEN ASS, trans. Graves. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998)
Beard,M., J. North and S. Price, RELIGIONS OF ROME, VOLUME 2: A SOURCEBOOK (Cambridge, 1998)
Easterling, P.E. & J.V. Muir, edd. GREEK RELIGION AND SOCIETY (Cambridge, 1985).
Euripides, THE BACCHAE AND OTHER PLAYS, trans. Vellacott (Penguin, 1954).
Hesiod, THEOGONY, trans. R.S. Caldwell (Focus, 1987).
Mikalson, J., ANCIENT GREEK RELIGION (Blackwell, 2005).
Scheid, J., AN INTRODUCTION TO ROMAN RELIGION (Indiana, 2003).
Stambaugh, R.E. and D. Rice, SOURCES FOR THE STUDY OF GREEK RELIGION (Society of Biblical Literature, 2000
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Midterm, final, three writing assignments.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Some prior knowledge of Greek and/or Roman history and culture will be highly advantageous but is not strictly required.
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