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ANHS2604 - Pagans and Christians in the Roman World

Semester 1, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Richard Miles


We examine varieties of religious experience and sources of religious authority in the Roman world (c.150-364 CE): ritual, sacrifice, prayer, dreams, visions, oracles, miracle, wonderworking, asceticism, religious "knowledge" (gnosis); the appeal of "new" deities (especially Isis, Mithras and Christ). Did Christianity make a difference in beliefs, experiences, aspirations, attitudes (to the games, war and the military, slavery, sexuality, death and "the world") or the image of snakes? What was the impact of the "conversion of Constantine" and the apostasy of Julian?


1x2500wd essay (60%) and 1x2-hr exam (40%)


2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


12 junior credit points of Ancient History or History OR 6 junior credit points of Ancient History and 6 junior credit points of either Classical Studies, Latin, Greek (Ancient), Archaeology (Classical), Archaeology (Near Eastern)



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