BIB8550SEN - Greek and Roman Religions in the Empire

Course description

This course explores the religions of ancient Greece and Rome from their earliest beginnings to the end of paganism and emergence of Christianity. We study evidence of ancient sacrifices and prayers, temples, and ritual personnel in order to understand the religious practices and preferences of Greeks and Romans in their own terms and in the wider contemporary social and cultural context. While the course follows a broadly chronological outline, individual lectures concentrate on specific themes, such as magic and divination, conversion, or attitudes to new cults.

How this course benefits students

This course provides the religious context in which Christianity arose in the Roman Empire.

Why this course is important

This course provides the wider religious and cultural context of the early Christian movement.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Biblical Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Stamenka Antonova, Professor of Early Christianity

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The course includes readings from the Bible as well as other religious texts from antiquity.

Missionally driven

The course increases the awareness and understanding of the diversity of religious beliefs and practices as they compare and contrast to Christianity.

Contextually informed

This course is focused on the cultural and historical context of the Roman world.

Interculturally focused

The course takes into consideration different ethnic and religious groups in the Roman Empire and their respective beliefs and practices

Practically minded

The course focuses on the diversity of religions in antiquity and build analogues to our present reality of many religious beliefs and practices.

Experientially transformed

The course considers different religious experiences and practices in antiquity as they compare to today.