Pagans, Jews and Christians: Athens and Jerusalem - 2017

Unit summary

AHIX253

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
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Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as HST250 Pagans, Jews and Christians: Athens and Jerusalem.

When Tertullian posed the famous question 'What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?', he was highlighting the tensions in the early to mid-Roman empire over the Roman state's reaction to the advent of Christianity. This unit will explore two areas relevant to this controversy: What did Greeks and Romans make of Judaism and why did Jews and Christians come into conflict with Roman society. On completion, you should have a sound knowledge of the nature and causes of conflict between Christians, Jews and the Roman government during the first three centuries AD. You will gain an awareness of the various ancient source traditions on this topic.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. have a sound knowledge of the nature and causes of conflict between Christians, Jews and the Roman government during the first three centuries AD
  2. have an awareness of the various ancient source traditions on this topic
  3. have a strong grasp of these developments in the broader context of the Greco-Roman world in this period.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (35%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (35%)
  • Online Discussion (10%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HST250 — Pagans, Jews and Christians: Athens and Jerusalem

You must complete Level 1 studies in Ancient History before starting this unit.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Jewish and Greek culture in the early first century AD
2Rome and the Jews in the first century AD
3Jewish and Greek culture, spread of Christianity
4The Roman world to the 3rd C and the imperial cult
5Roman state's reaction to Jews and Christians, 3rd C
6Evidence for third century Christianity
7Decius, Valerian and the Christians
8The great persecution
9Pagans, Christians and Jews in the papyri (I)
10Pagans, Christians and Jews in the papyri (II)
11Philosophical debates
12A world full of gods

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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