Postgraduate Course: Martyrdom and Voluntary Death in the Ancient World (PGHC11135)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course looks at the subject of voluntary death in the ancient world, analysing 'pagan', Jewish and Christian discourses in order to arrive at a wide-ranging approach. It focuses on the lively ancient source material and later scholarly debates. The students will learn to place the ever controversial subject of voluntary death in its broader ancient religious, political, philosophical and social contexts. Most crucially students will learn to read texts produced in honour (or condemnation) of ancient 'martyrs' critically, with a keen eye for issues of ideology, theology, sexual and textual politics. This course should appeal to students with a range of interests, from ancient to medieval history, and from politics to philosophy to theology.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
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| After successful completion of this course the student will have:
- knowledge of the religious, political and philosophical background to voluntary death in the ancient world.
- an ability to engage critically with the relevant ancient source material.
- familiarity with a wide range of secondary literature relfecting a wealth of different academic and theological positions.
- an understanding of the pervasive legacy of discourses surrounding voluntary death.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Lucy Grig
Tel: (0131 6)50 3579
|Course secretary||Ms Rosie Edwards