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Religion permeated all facets of life in ancient Greece and Rome. This unit examines the religious practices of these civilizations through the study of literary, epigraphic, and archaeological sources. Lecture and discussion topics include sacred places and spaces, festivals, ritual and sacrifice, priesthoods, oracles, mystery cults, and the nature of the gods. Emphasis is placed on the social and political roles of religion in ancient societies.

Summary 2021

Unit name Religions of Ancient Greece and Rome
Unit code HTC341
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics

Dr. Jayne Knight

Teaching staff

Dr. Jayne Knight

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate awareness of the major forms of ancient Greek and roman religious practices and experiences.
  2. Distinguish between primary and secondary sources of evidence for ancient Greek and roman religions and demonstrate awareness of the problems inherent in using them.
  3. Critically analyse a range of primary and secondary sources for the study of ancient religions.
  4. Use primary and secondary sources to support a coherent written argument about a topic in ancient religions.




25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any Faculty


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Teaching Pattern

On Campus:
Weekly introductory lecture (recorded, approx. 30 minutes)
Weekly 2-hour mixed format seminar (consisting of 2 x 30-minute lectures with a 30-minute group discussion following each)

Off Campus:
Weekly introductory lecture (recorded, approx. 30 minutes)
2 x 30-minute lecture recordings weekly
4 x 2-hour Web conference (discussion-based)


Task 1: Weekly online quizzes, 50-100 words (10%),

Task 2: Primary text analyses x 3, 300 words each (15%),

Task 3: Major essay on student-developed topic, 2250 words (35%)

Task 4: Take-home exam, 2500 words (40%)

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