Religion in the Roman Empire: Pagans, Jews, and Christians
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
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.
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject was previously known as HST250 Pagans, Jews and Christians: Athens and Jerusalem and AHIX253 Pagans, Jews and Christians: Athens and Jerusalem
This subject examines the relationship between the Greek, Jewish and Christian traditions from the perspective of Rome. It examines the ways the Roman state reacted to Jews and Christians from the second to the fourth centuries - from the time when Christianity first came to Rome's attention, through attempts by Rome to remove it from the world, to the conversion of the Emperor Constantine to Christianity in the early fourth century. Via a case study of Roman Egypt and papyrus documents, it looks at Roman and provincial religion in the period; Greek and Roman attitudes to Jews and Christians; and the relationship between Judaism and Christianity.
- Assignment 1 (20%)
- Assignment 2 (35%)
- Non-Invigilated Exam (35%)
- Online Discussion (10%)