HIS3120 Greek and Roman Religions in the Roman Empire
Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Stamenka Antonova
The development of ancient Greek and Roman religions from their inception to the rise of Christianity in the first century are covered. Special attention is given to 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.