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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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Advanced Studies in Ancient Greek Religion
    Subject Classical Studies
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,240.75
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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.


    Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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