GRC5120EN - Analysis of Greek and Roman Religions in the Roman Empire

Course description

Covers the development of ancient Greek and Roman religions from their inception to the rise of Christianity in the first century. The student examines the continuity between Greek religion and Roman religion, as well as the rise of the imperial cult after the end of the republican regime, and the incorporation of oriental cults into the framework of Roman society and religious practices.

How this course benefits students

In order for the student to fully understand the context of the New Testament and the early development of the church, he/she must have a basic understanding of the opposing views, namely Greek and Roman religions. It is in response to these that many early Christians wrote.

Why this course is important

Proper understanding of the context of the New Testament requires a basic knowledge of Greek and Roman religions.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Greco-Roman Civilization
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

A complete and accurate understanding of much of the New Testament requires an understanding of the pagan context of the first century.

Missionally driven

Although Greek and Roman religions are no longer present, the missional student still encounters similar ideas and practices.

Contextually informed

This study grounds the student in the context of the New Testament and prepares them to better address contexts where Christianity is in the minority.

Interculturally focused

The study of these early religions is by necessity an exercise in intercultural studies and application.

Practically minded

The student is equipped to better teach the New Testament after understanding the world context of the first century.

Experientially transformed

The student is better prepared to engage non-believers in non-Christian cultures.