HELLENISTIC RELIGIONS
Code: 31106
ECTS: 6
Departament: Department of Social Sciences and Management
Field of Study: History - Ancient History
Keywords:
    Religion
    Culture
    Multiculturalism
Teacher:
José das Candeias Sales
Área Científica: History (Ancient History).
E-mail: sales@uab.pt

Course Description:
This course unit is focused on the study of the great religious vitality in the Hellenistic world, as a result of its political, social, economic and cultural changes specifically from the 4th century B.C. onwards.
Emphasis will be put on perspectives leading to a religious koiné and the growing diffusion of ‘universal’ gods as cultural traits of this period.


Competences:
• Understanding the past (Hellenistic times) through the study of its cultural and religious manifestations;
• Writing in a clear and organised fashion.


Contents:
1. Hellenistic period: time of refinement, cultural merging and diffusion
2. The new religious spirit of the Hellenistic period
3. Creating a real worship and the new Hellenistic 'gods'


Bibliography:
José Ribeiro FERREIRA, Civilizações Clássicas I. Grécia, Lisboa, Universidade Aberta, 1996.
Félix GUIRAND (dir.), História das Religiões I, Lisboa, Edições 70, 2006.
Georges HACQUARD, Dicionário de mitologia grega e romana, Porto, Edições Asa, 1996.
Pierre LÉVÊQUE, O mundo Helenístico, Lisboa, Edições 70, 1987.


Format:
Online learning with continuous supervision favoring asynchronous communication (Moodle platform).
Students have to perform the tasks requested by the teacher: essays, critical recensions, reports, protocols, etc. All works will be evaluated and/or classified.


Workload (hours): 156
Contact Hours: 15

Assessment:
Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).


Comments:
Students are required to have access to a computer with Internet connection and an e-mail address as well as to have computer literacy from the users' perspective.


Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese.

Contact for virtual mobility students: Communication and International Relations Office – gcri@uab.pt