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Gods and Government in the Graeco-Roman World (REL205)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Description The ancient Mediterranean teemed with religious practices quite foreign to modern societies. Rulers were worshipped as gods; occult rituals promised immortality; philosophers claimed to be incarnate deities; magic was employed daily. This unit explores the various ways ancient Greeks and Romans interacted with the divine, including magic, gnostic speculation, mystery religions, visionary journeys, oracles, and more. We will study not only these religious phenomena, but also the ancients' own critical reflections on what they were doing.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week.
Assessment Two assessment components: a 2,500-word Research Paper (worth 60%), and a 2-hour exam (worth 40%). Written feedback will address both conceptual issues (grasp of the ancient ideas; quality of logic) and the quality of the students' written expression.
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Minors Religion
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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