Spring 2020 - HUM 216 D100

The Ancient World (3)

Class Number: 8383

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM
    BLU 10655, Burnaby

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Aspects of the ancient history and culture of the Near East, Greece and Rome. Recommended: HUM 105 (formerly HIST 105 prior to 2007). Students who have taken HIST 216 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities. Equivalent Courses: HIST216 Breadth-Humanities.

COURSE DETAILS:


      THE RELIGIONS OF GREECE AND ROME


This course provides a basic introduction to Greco-Roman religions. Emphasis is placed on the development of Greek and Roman religions within their historical framework through an analysis all of the available source materials from each period (archaeology, literary texts, art history, etc..). Special attention is given to close readings of ancient sources (in translation), which give us a glimpse as to how ancient themselves experienced religion. The course also focuses on both the continuities and changes in the religious expression of in ancient Greece and Rome, and the extent to which specific social, political and cultural developments impacted the religious landscape of the periods in question. In addition, students will become familiar with the standard terminology in the study of ancient religions – such as, “religion”, “myth”, ritual”, etc. – and apply these theoretical concepts to a comparative study of ancient and modern religions. We will also engage in a comparative analysis of the religions of Greece and Rome and explore the ways in which the polytheistic world came to become monotheistic (i.e. the rise of Christianity).

Grading

  • Assignments 30%
  • Midterm 30%
  • Final examination 40%

NOTES:

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.

http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html   Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.  

Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

S. Price, Religion of the Ancient Greeks (Cambridge, 1999)

V. Warrior, Roman Religion (Cambridge, 2003)

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

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