Subject details

  • Topics
    • Jewish and Greek culture in the early first century AD
    • Rome and the Jews in the first century AD
    • Jewish and Greek culture, spread of Christianity
    • The Roman world to the 3rd C and the imperial cult
    • Roman state's reaction to Jews and Christians, 3rd C
    • Evidence for third century Christianity
    • Decius, Valerian and the Christians
    • The great persecution
    • Pagans, Christians and Jews in the papyri (I)
    • Pagans, Christians and Jews in the papyri (II)
    • Philosophical debates
    • A world full of gods
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject 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 - Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment 2 (35%)
  • Assignment 3 - Non-Invigilated Exam (35%)
  • Assignment 4 - Online Discussion (10%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • MAQ-HST250

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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 subject 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.

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