At the end of this course, the student will be able to analyse the main aspects of Greek religion, cult and mythology critically and to interpret them according to various ancient and modern models. In addition, (s)he will acquire sufficient insight in order to understand and evaluate myths and rites, that characterize Greek religion, in their historical context.
A certain familiarity with Greek (cultural) history is advisable. Knowledge of the Greek language is not strictly required.
Is also included in other courses
- Bachelor of Archaeology 180 ects.
- Bachelor of History (Abridged Programme) (Major Subject: Ancient History) 64 ects.
- Bachelor of History (Abridged Programme) (Major Subject: Ancient History) 97 ects.
- Preparatory Programme: Master of Ancient History 26 ects.
- Bachelor of Linguistics and Literature (Specialization Module Culture and History in Antiquity) 180 ects.
- Bachelor of History (Major Subject: Ancient History) 180 ects.
- Bachelor of History (Major Subject: Antiquity Until Present) 180 ects.
- Bachelor of Language and Area Studies: Ancient Near East (Minor Ancient History) 180 ects.
In this course, attention is focused on the main aspects of Greek religion, cult and mythology. A brief introduction deals, among other things, with religious terminology and the ancient source material. The first chapter gives an overview of the most fundamental characteristics of Greek religion and pays attention to various modern approaches to Greek religion and mythology. The second chapter discusses various key aspects of Greek cult, including sanctuaries, sacrifices, festivals, mystery cults and oracles. The final chapter treats a selection of well-known Greek gods and myths, as well as their reception in later periods.
- The relevant chapters of the syllabus will be posted on Toledo before each class;
- A compilation of ancient texts (in translation) and articles will be provided by the lecturer during the first class;
- The Powerpoint presentations will be posted on Toledo after each class.
The student has 40 minutes to prepare the oral exam by writing down the answers for himself/herself.
The oral exam consists of three questions: (1) a question that evaluates the in-depth insight into and the individual assimilation of the subject material; (2) a question that evaluates the reproduction and application of the subject material; (3) a question that evaluates the knowledge of the writings, included in the reader.