Universität Wien FIND

010097 VO Becoming God: Deification from Antiquity to the Present (2018S)

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

Details

Sprache: Englisch

Prüfungstermine

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Erster Prüfungstermin: DO 28.06.2018 13.15-14.45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Weitere Prüfungstermine:
05.07.2018 15.00-16.30 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
27.09.2018 15.00-16.30 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG

Donnerstag 01.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Donnerstag 08.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Donnerstag 15.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Donnerstag 22.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Donnerstag 12.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Donnerstag 19.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Donnerstag 26.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Donnerstag 03.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Donnerstag 17.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Donnerstag 24.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Donnerstag 07.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Donnerstag 14.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Aim:
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.

Description:
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.

Method:
Lectures with visual and textual material in English.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

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).

Prüfungsstoff

Examination topics: Lecture content.

Literatur

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

Letzte Änderung: Do 19.04.2018 13:47