CLAS 258 Fall 2014 Divine Kingship in the Ancient Mediterranean

Cross Listed as REL213, HIST394, ANTH258
What is the relationship between politics and religion? How do kings legitimate their rule? Why did the ancient Greeks and Romans worship their emperors as gods? This course examines the origins and development of divine kingship in the ancient Mediterranean from its earliest beginnings in Pharaonic Egypt to the reign of the Christian Roman Emperors in the fourth century CE. We will address the various symbolic strategies employed by ancient kings to project their own divinity. These include portraiture, panegyric poetry, ritual processions, royal autobiography and monumental architecture, e.g., the Great Pyramids in Egypt and the Pantheon in Rome. We will also study the reception of royal art and ideology among the king's subjects. Special attention will be paid to the role of the Roman emperor-cult in shaping social, political and religious identity in the Roman Empire.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on classroom performance, quizzes, one 8- to 10-page paper, a midterm and a final exam
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: majors or prospective majors in Classics, Anthropology, Art History, and History
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under CLAS; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under ANTH, HIST or REL
Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: HIST Group G Electives - Premodern,LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership
Enrollment Limit: 30
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1383
CLAS 258 - 01 (F) LEC Divine Kingship Division 1: Languages and the Arts Benjamin B. Rubin
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Hopkins Hall 002 1383
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