Universität Wien FIND
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010050 VO Religions of Greek and Roman Antiquity (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.

Donnerstag 01.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Donnerstag 08.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Donnerstag 15.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Donnerstag 22.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Donnerstag 12.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Donnerstag 19.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Donnerstag 26.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Donnerstag 03.12. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Donnerstag 10.12. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Donnerstag 17.12. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Donnerstag 14.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Donnerstag 21.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Donnerstag 28.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The aim is to introduce students to the academic study of ancient religions and to the main religious beliefs and practices of the Greek and Roman world.
Students will:
• acquire knowledge of what constitutes ‘religion’ as a category and within Ancient Greek and Roman cultures, as well as the various approaches to the academic study of religion in antiquity;
• acquire knowledge of the different myths, beliefs, and ritual practices of and within the Graeco-Roman world; will identify the different and complex nature of the ancient polytheistic religions of the Graeco-Roman era; will be able to compare these vivid ancient religious traditions to the modern conceptions of religion within the academic study of religion.
A survey of the religious beliefs, myths, and rituals/practices in the Graeco-Roman world, from the Archaic period to the coming of Christianity. More importantly, the course will also examine whether ‘religion’ in the Graeco-Roman world can be understood in the same manner as modern people conceive ‘religion,’ thus offering an intense comparative aspect to the study of mediterranean antiquity. Given that the term ‘religion’ stems from the Latin language, the course will also focus on the problem of classification and definition in the academic study of religion and whether and how modern people can talk about Greek and Roman religiosity (or religiosities) by overcoming the obvious anachronisms at work.
Lectures with visual and textual material in translation.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

UPDATE Jan. 4, 2021:
Oral exams will be on Thursday, February 4. 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 exam (in English).


Lecture content.


Reading list
(1) Nongbri, Brent. Before Religion: A History of a Modern Concept. New Haven, CT and London: Yale University Press, 2013.
(2) Barton, Carlin A., and Daniel Boyarin. Imagine No Religion: How Modern Abstractions Hide Ancient Realities, New York: Fordham University Press, 2016.
(3)Rüpke, Jörg. Pantheon: a New History of Roman Religion. Translated by David M. B. Richardson, Princeton, NJ and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2018.
(4) Parker, Robert. 2011. On Greek Religion. New York: Cornell University Press.
(5) Barbara Graziosi. 2014. The Gods of Olympus: A History. London: Profile Books.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

066 800 M1.6; M15; 066 795 M2b LV zur speziellen Religionsgeschichte

Letzte Änderung: Fr 03.02.2023 00:13