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Fall 1999
Thursday, 6:30 - 9:10 
Williams 421 
   (note room change)
Religious Studies 110,
Classical Studies 110

This course surveys the history of religion in the Greek and Roman worlds from the Bronze Age until the advent of Christianity.  All readings are in English.  It is suitable for majors and non-majors alike, and satisfies the History and Tradition requirement in the College.  FRESHMEN ARE WELCOME.

This course is not offered on a regular basis --- so if you are interested, now is the time to take it.

We will examine the range of religious expression in the ancient world, including ritual, priestly organization, the problem of belief, views of the divine, myth, iconography and religious architecture.  We also will consider Greek and Roman religious culture in the context of contemporary societies in India, Iran, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and China, and look at evolution over time.

A special emphasis will be placed on the shifting relationships between religion and literature, considering recent scholarship as well as primary sources read in English translation.

Requirements: two book reviews (5 pages each) and a final paper (approx. 10-12 pages).  No exams.

A syllabus and a schedule of lectures and assignments are available online.

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  last updated:  June 27, 1999