Universität Wien FIND

010078 VO Religion in the Ancient Greek World (2017W)

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

Details

Language: Englisch

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 05.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 12.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 19.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 09.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 16.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 23.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 30.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 07.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 11.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 18.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 25.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Aim:
The aim is to introduce students to the academic study of religion and to the main religious beliefs and practices of ancient Greece, from the Archaic to the Hellenistic Period and until the establishment of the Roman period (31 BCE).
Students will:
• acquire knowledge of what constitutes ‘religion’ as a category and within Ancient Greek culture, as well as and the various approaches to the academic study of religion in antiquity;
• acquire knowledge of the different myths and ritual practices of ancient Greece, will identify the different and complex nature of the ancient polytheistic religion of Greece, and will be able to compare this vivid ancient religious tradition to the modern monotheistic religions.

Description:
A survey of the religious beliefs, myths, and rituals/practices in Ancient Greece, from the Archaic period to the coming of the Roman Empire (31 BCE). More importantly, the course will also examine whether ‘religion’ in Ancient Greece can be understood in the same manner as modern people conceive ‘religion,’ thus offering an intense comparative aspect to the study of Greek antiquity. Given that the term ‘religion’ was not indigenous to Greece, the course will also focus on the problem of classification in the study of religion and whether and how modern people can talk about ancient Greek religiosity by overcoming the obvious anachronism at work.

Method:
Lectures with visual and textual material in translation.

Assessment and permitted materials

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

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

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

Examination topics

Examination topics
Lecture content

Reading list

Reading list
(1) Nongbri, Brent. 2013. Before Religion: A History of a Modern Concept. New Haven, CT and London: Yale University Press.
(2) Parker, Robert. 2011. On Greek Religion. New York: Cornell University Press.
(3) Versnel, Henk. 2011. Coping with the Gods: Wayward Readings in Greek Theology. Leiden and Boston, MA: Brill.
(4) McCutcheon, Russell T. 2007. Studying Religion: An Introduction. London: Equinox.
(5) Smith, Jonathan Z. 2004. “Religion, Religions, Religious”, in J. Z. Smith, Relating Religion: Essays in the Study of Religion. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, pp. 179-196.
(6) Barbara Graziosi. 2014. The Gods of Olympus: A History. London: Profile Books.

Association in the course directory

066 800 M1

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