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CLAS442 Advanced Studies in Ancient Greek Religion

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An advanced 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 Advanced Studies in Ancient Greek Religion
Paper code CLAS442
Subject Classical Studies
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022 (On campus)
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72 300-level CLAS, GREK or LATN points
CLAS 342
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 Assessment 100%
Teaching Arrangements
Two lectures weekly and six tutorials.
David G. Rice and John E. Stambaugh, Sources for the study of Greek religion.[Corrected Edition] SBL No.14, 2009.
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Learning Outcomes
Demonstrated in-depth understanding of the sociological and psychological needs addressed in the practice of ancient Greek religion.

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Not offered in 2022

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This paper is taught On Campus
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