Fall 2021 - HUM 204 D100
Great Religious Texts (3)
Class Number: 4444
Delivery Method: In Person
A study of some of the key works which have had a formative influence on major religious traditions. Primary texts will be selected to illustrate core elements in the religious understanding of human life and its relationship to the sacred. Breadth-Humanities.
This is not a “great religious text” in the sense of influencing religion going forward, as, say, Augustine’s City of God might be for Christianity, but it is certainly a great text that is religious in nature, and going backward it is an important way into Roman religion. The course will read the Fasti with a focus toward understanding the relationship between traditional custom, lived religion, and literature. For context, we will also explore some of the lesser-known corners of Roman Religion not covered in the Classical Mythology course. By the end of the term, in addition to familiarity with Ovid and this imporant text, you will have a greater understanding of Roman mythology and religion, both on their own terms and as a distinct system from Greek mythology and from the monotheistic religions.
- Article Review 15%
- Ritual Presentation 15%
- Bibliography and Paper Intro 15%
- Fall Holidays Fasti Project 15%
- Final Paper 30%
- Participation 10%
Harriet I. Flower, The Dancing Lares and the Serpent in the Garden: Religion at the Roman Street Corner.
Mary Beard, Religions of Rome: Volume 2: A Sourcebook.
Ovid, Fasti. Trans. Anne & Peter Wiseman.
[though you may read the free online translation if you choose].
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