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CLAS342 Ancient Greek Religion: Myth, Ritual and Belief

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
Paper code CLAS342
Subject Classical Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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Prerequisite
18 200-level CLAS, GREK or LATN points
Restriction
CLAS 442
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
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.
Contact
classics@otago.ac.nz
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.
Textbooks
David G. Rice and John E. Stambaugh, Sources for the study of Greek religion.[Corrected Edition] SBL No.14, 2009.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the complexities of the ancient Greeks' religious rites and rituals.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 13:00-13:50 9-16, 18-22
Wednesday 13:00-13:50 9-16, 18-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Thursday 13:00-13:50 18-20

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
Paper code CLAS342
Subject Classical Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
18 200-level CLAS, GREK or LATN points
Restriction
CLAS 442
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
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.
Contact
classics@otago.ac.nz
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.
Textbooks
David G. Rice and John E. Stambaugh, Sources for the study of Greek religion.[Corrected Edition] SBL No.14, 2009.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the complexities of the ancient Greeks' religious rites and rituals.

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Timetable

Not offered in 2020

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard