Pagans, Jews and Christians: Athens and Jerusalem
Embroil yourself in the conflicts between Christians, Jews and the Roman state. Come across ancient sources. Learn about the Great Persecution in early second century AD. Walk away with a background on what caused the events of this period.
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At the completion of this subject students will:
- have a sound knowledge of the nature and causes of conflict between Christians, Jews and the Roman government during the first three centuries AD
- have an awareness of the various ancient source traditions on this topic
- have a strong grasp of these developments in the broader context of the Greco-Roman world in this period.
- 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
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Standard Media
- Resources and Links
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You must complete Level 1 studies in Ancient History before starting this subject.
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.
- Assignment 1 (20%)
- Assignment 2 (35%)
- Non-Invigilated Exam (35%)
- Online Discussion (10%)
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