Universität Wien

010112 VU Roman Religion in the Danubian Provinces (2022W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 21.11. 11:30 - 14:45 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Tuesday 22.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Wednesday 23.11. 09:45 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 24.11. 09:45 - 14:45 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Friday 25.11. 09:45 - 14:45 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course entitled Roman religion in the Danubian provinces during the Principate (1st-3rd century AD) will focus on the local specificities of Roman religion (glocality) in the context of religious changes and transformations within a global empire.
The course will have the following classes:
1) Roman religion: glocality and globality of an ancient religion. Terminology and historiography (90 minutes)
2) The Danubian provinces: entangled history and historiography of a notion (90 minutes)
3) Pre-Roman religion in the Danubian provinces I: Raetia, Noricum (90 minutes)
4) Pre-Roman religion in the Danubian provinces II: Pannoniae, Moesiae (90 minutes)
5) Pre-Roman religion in the Danubian provinces III: the so-called Dacian paradox and the problem of religious incompatibility in Roman times (90 minutes)
6) Religious changes after the Roman conquest: imperialism, colonialism and religion (90 minutes)
7) Macro-spaces of religious communication: from the Publicum to urban religion and its spaces (90 minutes)
8) Meso-spaces of religion: small group religions and their spaces (90 minutes)
9) Case study: Mithraic communities in the Danubian provinces (90 minutes)
10) Case study II: Syrian communities in the Danubian provinces (90 minutes)
11) Micro-spaces of religion: form human body to household religion (90 minutes)
12) Religious appropriation: the evidence of material religion (90 minutes)
13) Early Christianity and Roman religion in the late 3rd-early 4th centuries (90 minutes)
14) Conclusions: the heritage of Roman religion in the Danubian provinces (vernacular religion-popular religion - 90 minutes).

Assessment and permitted materials

Oral exam; participation in class

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The language of instruction as well as class discussions will be in English. Students cannot miss more than two meetings. The course will be examined as follows: oral exam (70%); active participation in class (30%).

Examination topics

Course content

Reading list

Gabrielle Kremer (Hrsg.), Götterbilder – Menschenbilder: Religion und Kulte in Carnuntum Katalog des Niederösterreichischen Landesmuseums. St. Pölten: Amt der NÖ Landesregierung und Archäologischer Kulturpark, 2011.

Price, Simon, “Religious Mobility in the Roman Empire.” The Journal of Roman Studies 102 (2012): 1–19.

Csaba Szabó, Roman Religion in the Danubian Provinces: Space Sacralisation and Religious Communication during the Principate (1st -3rd century AD). Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2022.

Association in the course directory

066 800: M2.6, 15, M18; 033 195 (17W) BRP: 17rwb

Last modified: Th 03.11.2022 11:28