Ancient Religion

Subject 673-361 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Dr Parshia Lee-Stecum
Subject Overview:

This subject examines the role of religion in Greek and Roman society from the fifth century BCE to the first centuries of the common era, with a focus on the cities of Athens and Rome. Students are introduced to the most important deities, cults, rituals, festivals and priesthoods. The subject pays close attention to the role of sacrifice and prophecy, the intersection of religion and politics, the participation of different social classes, genders and ethnicities in religious ritual, and the importance of continuity, change, exclusion and inclusion to the structure and development of Greek and Roman religious practice. Students who complete this subject should have a detailed understanding of the forms, structure and cultural importance of ancient religion.

Assessment: A seminar paper of 750 words 20% (due during the semester), a text/artifact study of 1500 words 35% (due during the semester), and a take-home examination of 1750 words 45% (due during the examination period).
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:A subject reader will be available from the Bookroom at the beginning of semester
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • be skilled in critical thinking and analysis;

  • possess effective written communication skills;

  • have an understanding of social, ethical and cultural context.

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