Universität Wien

010041 VO Becoming God: Deification from Antiquity to the Present (2020W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


Sprache: Englisch



Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

The course will take place online.

Montag 05.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 12.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 19.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 09.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 16.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 23.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 30.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 07.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 14.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 11.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 18.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 25.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The aim is to introduce students to the academic study of religion and to the main beliefs and practices associated with the ideas of deification of humans. The course will cover various examples, ancient and modern, of deified individuals.
Students will:
• acquire knowledge of what constitutes ‘deification’, and how can be studied in a comparative context;
• acquire knowledge of the different myths, stories, and ritual deification practices of different cultures, across time and space; will identify the different and complex nature of the deification traditions; and will be able to compare this vivid religious and political institution from antiquity to the modern times.
Deification, or apotheosis, is a very popular phenomenon across many cultures and traditions. Human history is replete with examples of deified individuals either as a result of their power or due to some special abilities. The course will examine certain examples from different cultural contexts, including posthumous deification and self-deification of individuals, in an array of ancient and modern understandings of the phenomenon: from Ancient Greece and Rome to Jesus Christ, and from the Japanese Emperor to Hollywood stars, popular singers, and athletes. Particular emphasis will be placed on the blurry lines between the notion of divinity and humanity.
Lectures with visual and textual material in English.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

UPDATE Jan. 4, 2021:
Oral exams will be on Monday, February 1. The exams will be held online and in groups, slots for the exams will be arranged directly with Nickolas Roubekas (no TEMPUS system needed)

Assessment and permitted materials
Oral exam (in English).
Permitted Instruments: None.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
(Beurteilungskriterien) und der Beurteilungsmaßstab (nach Maßgabe von § 59 Abs. 6 UG).
Oral or written exam (in English).


Examination topics:
Lecture content.


Reading list
(1) Litwa, M. David. 2012. We are Being Transformed: Deification in Paul’s Soteriology. Berlin: de Gruyter.
(2) Ory Amitay. 2010. From Alexander to Jesus. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
(3) Nickolas P. Roubekas. 2017. An Ancient Theory of Religion: Euhemerism from Antiquity to the Present. London & New York: Routledge.
(4) Spencer Cole. 2006. “Cicero, Ennius, and the Concept of Apotheosis at Rome,” Arethusa 39.3: 531-548.
(5) Francis Oakley. 2006. Kingship: The Politics of Enchantment. Malden, MA & Oxford: Blackwell.
(6) Tamás Dávid-Barrett and James Carney. 2016. “The deification of historical figures and the emergence of priesthoods as a solution to a network coordination problem,” Religion, Brain & Behavior 6.4: 307-317.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

066 800 M3, M16; 066 795 M2b Vorlesung zur Vergleichend-Systematischen Religionswissenschaft

Letzte Änderung: Fr 12.05.2023 00:11