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Studies in Ancient Society: Hellenistic Religions - AHPG822

This unit examines continuity and change in Greek religion in the period after the conquests of Alexander the Great. Themes to be investigated include: ancient and modern concepts of 'religion', the social shape of religious practice, the social function/s of religion, the 'internationalisation' of religion, and the relationship between cult and personal belief.

Topics to be discussed: Oracles; ruler cult; 'Euhemerism'; private cults; official civic cults; Magic and subversive religion; the cult of Tyche; Sarapis, Isis and the new international cults; Hellenistic Mysteries; Forms of Judaism as Hellenistic religions; Pauline Christianity; Plutarch and the alignment of religion and philosophy.

Credit Points: 4
When Offered:

S2 Evening - Session 2, North Ryde, Evening

S2 External - Session 2, External (On-campus sessions: None)

Staff Contact(s): Dr Christopher Forbes

Admission to MAncHist or GradCertAncHist or MA in (Ancient History or Coptic Studies) Prerequisite Information


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Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Ancient History

Faculty of Arts

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