Units of Study

RLST2612 - Ancient Gnosticism

Semester 2, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Iain Gardner


This unit provides an overview of the Ancient Gnostic, Hermetic and Manichaean traditions, with particular emphasis on certain topics and themes. These include: exploration of the divine and demonic worlds; the nature of gnosis or knowledge; magic, the occult sciences and alchemy; dualism and the problem of evil; cosmogony, apocalypse and eschatology. A special feature of this unit is the use of new or recently discovered texts such as the so-called gnostic gospels.


1x2000wd essay (40%), 1x2000wd essay (40%), 1xOral Presentation (500 wd equivalent) (20%)


Course Reader


1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr seminar/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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