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010324 VO Religions in the Roman World (2018W)

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

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Language: Englisch

Examination dates

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Erster Prüfungstermin: DO 31.01.2019 11.30-13.00 Seminarraum 8 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5

Thursday 11.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 8 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5
Thursday 18.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 8 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5
Thursday 25.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 8 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5
Thursday 08.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 8 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5
Thursday 15.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 8 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5
Thursday 22.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 8 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5
Thursday 29.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 8 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5
Thursday 06.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 8 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5
Thursday 13.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 8 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5
Thursday 10.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 8 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5
Thursday 17.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 8 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5
Thursday 24.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 8 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5

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Aims, contents and method of the course

Aim:
The aim is to introduce students to the academic study of ancient religions and to the main religious beliefs and practices of the Roman world, from the Archaic to and including the emergence of Christianity.
Students will:
• acquire knowledge of what constitutes ‘religion’ as a category and within ancient Roman culture, as well as and 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 Roman world; will identify the different and complex nature of the ancient polytheistic religions of the Roman era; will be able to compare these vivid ancient religious traditions to the modern conceptions of religion within the academic study of religion.

Description:
A survey of the religious beliefs, myths, and rituals/practices in the Roman world, from the Archaic period to the coming and establishment of Christianity. More importantly, the course will also examine whether ‘religion’ in the Roman world can be understood in the same manner as modern people conceive ‘religion,’ thus offering an intense comparative aspect to the study of Roman 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 Roman religiosity (or religiosities) by overcoming the obvious anachronisms 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

(Beurteilungskriterien) und der Beurteilungsmaßstab (nach Maßgabe von § 59 Abs. 6 UG).
Oral exam (in English).

Examination topics

Lecture content.

Reading list

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) McCutcheon, Russell T. Studying Religion: An Introduction. London: Equinox, 2007.
(6) Davies, Jason P., Rome's Religious History: Livy, Tacitus and Ammianus on Their Gods, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Association in the course directory

066 800 M1 Hauptthemen der Religionsgeschichte, 066 796 M2b

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