Middlebury

CLAS 0251

Greek Religion

Greek Religion
In this course we will examine the religious experience of the Greeks in all its complexity and variety. Drawing on literary sources (e.g. Homer, Hesiod, tragedy, and comedy, among others) and archaeological evidence, we will study the Greek views of the gods as these emerge from both mythical narratives and cult practice. We will explore the Greek ideas of personal salvation, but also the importance of religious festivals for the community of the polis. Finally, while looking at ancient philosophical critiques of the traditional gods, we will trace the transition to Christianity and we will compare the sacred in Greek culture with the place of religion in our own society. 3 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.
Subject:
Classics
Department:
Classics
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
EUR HIS PHL
Equivalent Courses:
RELI 0251

Sections

Spring 2020

CLAS0251A-S20 Lecture (Sfyroeras)
CLAS0251Y-S20 Discussion (Sfyroeras)
CLAS0251Z-S20 Discussion (Sfyroeras)