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Undergraduate Course: Paganism and Christianity in the Roman Empire (CACA10007)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaClassical Art/Classical Archaeology Other subject areaAncient History
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe Roman Empire, stretching from Britain and the Atlantic coast of Gaul and the Iberian peninsula in the west to eastern Anatolia, the Syrian desert and Egypt in the east, was arguably the most cosmopolitan state the western world had ever seen. This is reflected in the astonishing diversity of divine powers venerated within the Empire, ranging from the classical pantheon to Oriental deities and the natives gods and godesses of the western provinces and from divine powers in human guise to sacred animals. Religious sites included urban temples as well as pilgrimage centres and healing sanctuaries in remote locations as well as sacred springs, trees and mountains. With few exceptions (such as Christianity, Druidism and Manichaeism), the individual had almost unlimited freedom of choice. It was also mainly within the Empire that Christianity grew from a persecuted minority cult to a world religion, a development which has shaped history to the present day. Religion in the Roman Empire can help us to understand the modern world, both because important developments originated then and because the cosmopolitan nature of Roman religion provides a useful analogy for our own time.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed The Roman World 1B: The Roman Empire (CLGE08004) AND ( Ancient History 2b: Themes and Theories in Ancient History (ANHI08013) OR Classical Archaeology 2b: Materials and Methods (CACA08010) OR Archaeology 2B: Archaeology in Action (ARCA08012))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Or similar experience at the Course Organiser's discretion.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter (at least 2 of which should be in Classical Art/Archaeology) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate in written examinations and in course work
- knowledge of major deities, cults, religions, types of sanctuaries and rituals within the Roman world;
- knowledge of important religious developments in the area of the Empire between the late Republic and Late Antiquity;
- an awareness of some significant regional differences in the religion of various parts of the Roman world;
- the ability to use critically a variety of different categories of material and written evidence to reconstruct religious phenomena;
- bibliographical research skills to be able to find independently additional information on Roman religion in its wider context.

They should in addition be able to
- express clearly ideas and arguments in writing
- gather and analyse material independently on a given topic and organise it into a coherent piece of work
- deal independently with a complex body of information
- recognise and focus on important aspects of a complex subject, select specific examples and produce a concise summary
Assessment Information
One essay (40%); one (2-hour) degree examination (60%).

Part-Year Visiting Student (VV1) Variant Assessment:
One Essay - 40%; Subject-Area administered Exam/Exercise in lieu of Degree Examination - to take place in Week 12 (see the current course handbook for further details) - 60%.
Special Arrangements
In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3580 in order for approval to be obtained.
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Course organiserProf Eberhard Sauer
Tel: (0131 6)50 3587
Course secretaryMs Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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