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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 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
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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.
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%

Exam 40%

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.
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Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the complexities of the ancient Greeks' religious rites and rituals.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 14:00-14:50 9-14, 16-22
Wednesday 14:00-14:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 14:00-14:50 17, 19