REL 208 Fall 2012 Ancient Greek Religion

Cross Listed as CLAS208
This course explores the nature and evolution of ancient Greek religion from the Bronze Age (1200s BCE) to the rise of Christianity, with a focus on ritual and cultic practices in their cultural and historical context. We will draw on the rich evidence provided by literary and documentary texts, and also take into account archaeological evidence, including works of art such as sculpture and vase painting. We will pay special attention to ritual in civic and political life, and its role in expressing and forming individual and group identity. We will also examine the intersection of religion and literature by reading works that describe or depict cultic practice, or that were composed for performance in ritual contexts. Readings include Homer's Iliad, Hesiod's Theogony, Euripides' Bacchae, Aristophanes' Women at the Thesmophoria, and selections from the Homeric Hymns and Pindar's Odes.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on several short papers, a midterm, a final research paper, and class participation
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: majors and potential majors in Classics and Religion
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under REL; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under CLAS
Divisional Attributes: Division II
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Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 1356
REL208-01(F) LEC Ancient Greek Religion Division 2: Social Studies Christopher P. Lovell
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Hollander 241 1356
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