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160402 VO Archaeology of the celtic world (2021W)

Fr 10.12. 15:00-16:30 Digital


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

Friday 01.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 08.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 15.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 22.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 29.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 05.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 12.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 19.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 26.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 03.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 17.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 07.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 14.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 21.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 28.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course


Special Topic for Winter Semester 2021: Celtic Myth and Religion
A survey of the mythological and religious systems of Celtic-speaking peoples based on a variety of sources, including medieval Irish and Welsh literature, comparative linguistics, the writings of Classical authors, and archaeological evidence for religious beliefs and practices. We will consider the problems inherent in identifying and reconstructing any form of unified “Celtic” mythology, religion, or cultural identity based on the separate evidence of the Continental Celts and the Celtic-speaking peoples of Ireland and Britain. Topics will include: “Celtic” divinities, the role of archaeology and folklore in understanding myth and religion, sacred kingship and sacred landscape, varying beliefs about the afterlife and the Otherworld, hero tales, and the development of modern Celtic identities, religious movements, and nationalisms.

Assessment and permitted materials

The method of evaluation will be a final exam, which will be written at home and submitted online via Moodle. Students will be provided with a list of questions and will be asked to choose 4 to respond to. Each question will be worth 25 points.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Course objectives include:

Familiarity with the major sources of information about Celtic myth and religion, particularly from the Celtic speaking peoples of the ancient and medieval periods.

Understanding of problems attached to treating Celtic culture, and particularly myth and religion, as a unified system across geographical and temporal divisions.

Knowledge of core concepts, world-view, and means of transmission of evidence for Celtic myth and religion.

The exam questions will give students the opportunity to engage with these issues.

Examination topics

The examination topics will be based on the lectures and readings.

Reading list

All required readings will be provided as PDFs or links to online sources on the class moodle site.

Association in the course directory

Keltische Sprachwissenschaft A 166
Individuelle Studien: Keltologie

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