Units of Study

RLST2612 - Ancient Gnosticism

Semester 2, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Iain Gardner


This unit provides an overview of the Zoroastrian, Gnostic and Manichaean traditions, with particular emphasis on certain topics and themes. These include: Zoroaster and the context of Indo-Iranian religion; Christian gnosis; Hermeticism and alchemy; Manichaeism; dualism and the problem of evil; apocalypse and eschatology. A special feature of this unit is the use of new and unpublished texts and research deriving from ongoing fieldwork in the Middle East.


1x1000wd tutorial presentation (25%), 1x2000wd essay (40%) and 1x1500wd take home exam (35%)


Course Reader


1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week



Assumed Knowledge

12 junior credit points of Religion Studies, or equivalent as assessed by the Department

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