This page is for the academic year 2019-20. The current handbook year is 2022-23
Department: Classics and Ancient History
||Available in 2019/20
- â€¢ Either CLAS1301 Monuments & Memory in the Age of Augustus or THEO1131 Study of Religions
Excluded Combination of Modules
- To use knowledge of Roman history, literature and culture, as acquired in the first year, as a base for further development.
- To investigate the multifarious aspects of religious life in the Roman empire through studying a combination of material, literary and visual sources.
- This module studies 'Roman religion' in the widest sense of the word: from the religion of Rome the city-state to that of Rome the empire, including the variety of indigenous cults which were in vogue in different parts of the empire, Judaism in Judaea/Palaestina and in the Diaspora, and the beginnings of Christianity.
- The first part of the module focuses on the development of religion (and its function in society) through Roman history, from the earliest period through the republic to the reforms under the Augustan principate and the later empire, including the spread of the ruler cult and the 'Oriental cults'.
- Later lectures and seminars are devoted to particular cults and to patterns of worship in specific regions (e.g. religion in Roman Britain).
- Some specific themes to be addressed: syncretism, myth & ritual, sacrifice, pilgrimage, oracles, civic religion, magic.
- Appropriate knowledge of the workings of religion in the Roman period and of relevant modern theories concerning ancient religious practice
- Familiarity with interdisciplinary source material (literary texts, inscriptions, iconography, archaeological remains)
- Understanding of place and function of religion in the societies of the Roman empire
- Ability to evaluate a combination of different source materials throwing light on different aspects of religious life in Rome and its empire
- Ability to locate the various sources for 'Roman religion' in their appropriate historical contexts
- Appreciation of the relevant terminology involved, and of the inherent limitations of expressions of 'religion' in different languages
- Assessment of different methodologies applied to the study of Roman religion
- Ability to study the relevant course material autonomously and to communicate a clear and well-structured argument in written format
Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to
the learning outcomes of the module
- Lectures introduce the key topics and provide a broad overview of the development of religion in the Roman empire; from these, students will acquire a basic knowledge of various scholarly approaches, of the variegated source materials and of the main religious structures.
- Through reading and seminars (preparation and presentation) students will develop their own ideas and discuss them in an interactive manner.
- Students will be assessed through an essay (with specific attention to source criticism) and an examination. The exam enables the student to display the ability to comment in some detail on a specific ancient source, and to show an understanding of religion and its place in Roman society, and a judgement of different interpretative approaches.
Teaching Methods and Learning Hours
||1 per week
||3 in Michaelmas Term, 3 in Epiphany Term
|Preparation and Reading
||Component Weighting: 30%
||Length / duration
||Component Weighting: 70%
||Length / duration
1 essay (maximum 2,000 words) + 1 seminar presentation (ca 10 minutes).
■ Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University