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CLAS 0100 / RELI 0100 Classical Religion

This course explores the religions of the ancient Greeks and Romans.  It considers religious myths, beliefs and practices in the context of the history and cultures of the classical world.  Readings include some of the most powerful texts produced in the ancient world, including those by Homer, Virgil and Ovid (in English translation). 

Sample Syllabus:

  • Ancient religion: an overview
  • The gods in Homer
  • Greek tragedy and the divine
  • Lyric poetry and divine inspiration
  • Philosophers and religion
  • The Aeneid and Rome’s gods
  • Ovid: the Metamorphoses and the Fasti
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