University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

CLAS 3027 - Pagans, Saints and Magic in Late Antiquity

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 1
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Pre-Requisite: At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study including at least 3 units of Level II Classics courses
Incompatible: CLAS 2103
Assessment: Blog entry 10%, 10 x Seminar summaries (100 words each) 10%, Research essay 40%, Exam 40%
Biennial Course: Course offered in even years

This is a cultural history course that looks at issues that were at the centre of social change in Late Antiquity (3rd-6th centuries AD). The later Roman empire witnessed major cultural upheavals and political collapse; according to many contemporaries, the rise of Christianity and its attempts to be the only religion within the empire was at the centre of much of this change. Debate spilled out onto streets as civil riot, pogroms and vandalism in places such as Athens, Alexandria and Antioch. European views of religious (in)tolerance, orthodoxy, heresy and magic developed within this period, as did the notion of the 'holy man', power of the 'relic' and personal asceticism as an ideal. In particular, this course will use literary sources in translation to examine the history of pagan religions in Late Antiquity, their reactions and challenges to the rise of Christianity. We will study the rise of the cult of the martyr and of asceticism, using contemporary poetry, letters and biographies. Finally, the intertwining concepts of magic and miracles will be explored in the context of Christianity and a variety of pagan and philosophical groups, with an emphasis on the eastern Mediterranean world.

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Mon 16/03/2020 Thu 26/03/2020 Fri 12/06/2020 Not Available

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
13412 LE01 60 40 2 Mar - 6 Apr Monday 1pm - 2pm Napier, 209, Lecture Theatre
27 Apr - 1 Jun Monday 1pm - 2pm Napier, 209, Lecture Theatre
Related Class: Seminar
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
13414 SE02 30 24 4 Mar - 8 Apr Wednesday 9am - 11am Napier, 205, Teaching Room
29 Apr - 3 Jun Wednesday 9am - 11am Napier, 205, Teaching Room
13415 SE01 30 16 3 Mar - 7 Apr Tuesday 11am - 1pm Hughes, 111a, Teaching Room
28 Apr - 2 Jun Tuesday 11am - 1pm Hughes, 111a, Teaching Room