A study of the stories told by the ancient Greeks about their gods, and the ways in which these deities were worshipped in their religious system.
This paper examines the nature of ancient Greek divinities and the ways in which men and women interacted with them in their daily lives. It considers a variety of religious activities and explores such aspects as the importance of sacred space, the types of religious ritual practised in everyday activity and the architecture in which the worship of the gods took place. It will also study the relationship between a number of Greek myths and religious ritual.
|Paper title||Ancient Greek Religion: Myth, Ritual and Belief|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$886.35|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,766.35|
- 18 200-level CLAS, GREK or LATN points
- CLAS 442
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- Suitable for third-year students from all disciplines, especially those with an interest in Epic, Historiography, Art, Archaeology, and Reception Studies of the Ancient World.
- More information link
- View more information about this paper on the Department of Classics' website
- Teaching staff
- Dr Arlene Allan
- Paper Structure
This paper considers three key aspects of ancient Greek religion: how the stories told about the gods (myth) and the ways in which they were worshipped (ritual) worked together to create a diverse yet recognisable religious system for the ancient Greeks.
Internal Assessement 60%
- Teaching Arrangements
- Two lectures weekly and three tutorials in the second half of the semester.
- David G. Rice and John E. Stambaugh, Sources for the study of Greek religion.[Corrected Edition] SBL No.14, 2009.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
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- Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the complexities of the ancient Greeks' religious rites and rituals.