Ancient Greek Religion
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- Examine and interpret religions in society from a diversity of viewpoints and disciplinary perspectives.
- Engage in critical, analytical thinking about the practices and practitioners of religion.
- Recognise individual and public relationships between religion and social, cultural, legal and political changes in society, from the Bronze Age period to the Hellenistic period.
- Analyse religions' changing ideas, practices, discourses, institutions and social expressions, with particular attention to how these relate to social and political changes in Ancient Greek society.
- Understand how to use and contextualise primary source materials on religion.
- Communicate complex and original ideas around religion in society in written and oral formats for diverse audiences.
- "A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials."
Pre-requisite: 40cp at 1000 level or above
No special requirements
This unit focuses on Greek religion from the Bronze Age period to the Hellenistic period, ca. 3,000-30 BC. The focus of the unit will be on religion in the ancient Greek world, but continuities from Near Eastern religions and with later Roman religion will also be featured. Topics that will be covered include the nature of the Greek gods/heroes and the moral and ethical dimensions of Greek religion, women in religion, mystery cults, magic, the various settings of cult practice (domestic, state, panhellenic, and open-air), the relationships between religion and aspects of daily life such as warfare, politics, law, athletics, family life, literature, art and architecture, and the changing role and nature of Greek religion in the Hellenistic era. We will also consider the nature of our evidence (literary texts, inscriptions, archaeological remains), especially as it relates to what we know (as opposed to assume) about Greek religion and the piety of the Greeks, and try to appreciate the impact of that culture on our present society
- Short Paper (30%)
- Quizzes (30%)
- Research Essay (40%)