Theory and methodology in the study of religion(s) of the ancient and current world

Course Information
TitleΘεωρία και μεθοδολογία μελέτης της θρησκείας στον αρχαίο και σύγχρονο κόσμο / Theory and methodology in the study of religion(s) of the ancient and current world
Code208
FacultyTheology
SchoolTheology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorPanagiotis Pachis
CommonYes
StatusActive
Course ID60005501

Programme of Study: UPS School of Theology (2013-today)

Registered students: 349
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreCompulsory Course215

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours4
Class ID
600125788
Type of the Course
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
Course Category
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Erasmus
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
A. Students who successfully complete the course are able to: to understand the object of study of religion as an interesting aspect of a complex world of human social behavior, to distinguish those human behaviors which they see as the religious, to critically approach the religions of the ancient and modern world, to assess how and why an institution, a movement or a group end up being considered a religion, structurally integrate the category "religion" in the wider complex system of human behavior. B. The main purpose of this course is to study the students of our Department: - the concept of the "embeddedness" in the ancient Greek religion. The ancient Greek religion was fully integrated into society, there was no sphere of life from which the religious view was absent. Birth, death, war and peace, agriculture, trade, politics, all events and activities were accompanied by religious practices. This embodiment affected the sanctuary's perception. - the correct study of the sources (always according to the spirit of their time).
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
A. We are examining the issue: "What is the scientific study of religion?" An excellent response may be provided to this question by asking first "where is the study of religion practiced, by whom and with what purpose?" The answer(s), always dependent on the relevance of things and individual interests, can lead to very different paths and conclusions concerning different people. Another point of interest in our research is the “definition” and “classification” of religions. How can one actually define, classify and study religion(s)? One should find ideal answers to such questions, if they always keep in mind that their way of thinking and their research should be directly related to the environment in which they work and offer their services. This is a sine qua non factor. This context is definitely the public university, which is an institution related solely to the scientific research and way of thinking. It is only within this frame that one can approach religion(s) scientifically and draw acceptable conclusions that are free of generalizations and inaccuracies, providing in this way valid answers to the initial question of what the scientific study of religion is. B.Has there ever been what we call Greek religion? The question may be unnecessary, but it must be clear from the outset that Greek religion as a monolithic totality has never existed. When Greece emerged from the darkness of the past around 800 BC various communities - cities have been developed. Each city had its own pantheon in which some gods were more important than others, and some gods were never worshiped. Each city had its mythology, religious calendar, religious celebrations. Related topics considered in the course: - the concept of polytheism, piety, purity and pollution, - the representatives of the "sanctuary" - the role of the gender and especially of the woman - Alternative forms of Greek piety: mystic curts (Thesmophoria - worship of Dionysus) and mysteric cults(Eleusinian mysteries), "Orphic life".
Keywords
Scientific Study of Religion, Sui generis study of Religion, Religion, Definition, Classification, Comparison, Holy, Myth, Ritual.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Description
Use Powerpoints during lessons. Cooperation with the students through E-Mails.
Course Organization
ActivitiesWorkloadECTSIndividualTeamworkErasmus
Lectures1044.2
Written assigments80.3
Exams20.1
Total1144.6
Student Assessment
Description
Exams (written-oral), or writing of papers. The degree of participation of the students in the class during the lectures of the Semester included in their final evaluation.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Bibliography
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1α. Π. Παχής, Θρησκεία και Οικονομία στην αρχαία ελληνική κοινωνία, Θεσσαλονίκη: Εκδόσεις Μπαρμπουνακη, 2010. 1β. Σημειώσεις
Additional bibliography for study
A. 1. M. C. Taylor (ed.), 1998. Critical Terms for Religious Studies, Chicago-London:The University of Chicago Press. 2. W. Braun - R. McCutcheon (επιμ.), 2003. Εγχειρίδιο Θρησκειολογίας (μετ. Δ. Ξυγαλατάς. Επιμ. Π. Παχής), Θεσσαλονίκη: εκδόσεις Bάνιας. 3. P. Antes- A. W. Geertz- R. R. Warne (eds.), 2004. New Approaches to the Study of Religion, vols I-II, Berlin-New York: Walter de Gruyter. 4. J. Z. Smith, 2004. Relating Religion. Essays in the Study of Religion, Chicago-London: The University of Chicago Press. 5. J. R. Hinnells (ed.), 2005. The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion, London-New York: Routledge. 6. W. Braun-R. McCutcheon (eds.), 2008. Introducing Religion. Essays in Honor of J. Z. Smith, London-Oakville:Equinox. B. 1. M. P. Nilsson, Ιστορία της αρχαίας ελληνικής θρησκείας ( μετ. Αικ. Παπαθωμοπούλου, προλεγόμενα Δ. Σταθόπουλου), Αθήνα 1977. 2. ----------------, Ελληνική λαϊκή θρησκεία (μετ. Ι. Θ. Κακριδή), Αθήνα 1979. 3. Ν. Παπαχατζής, «Η θρησκεία στην αρχαία Ελλάδα», Αθήνα 1987. 4. W. Poetscher, «Ελληνική θρησκεία», Ευάγγ. Ρούσσος (επιμ.), Οι Θρησκείες (Εκπαιδευτική Ελληνική Εγκυκλοπαίδεια, τόμος 12), Αθήνα 1992, σελ. 146-155. 5. Ν. Παπαχατζής, «Ελληνική επίσημη και λαϊκή θρησκεία», Ευάγγ. Ρούσσος (επιμ.), Οι Θρησκείες ό.π., σελ. 155 – 160. 6. W. Burkert, Αρχαία ελληνική θρησκεία, Αρχαϊκή και κλασική εποχή (μετ. Ν.Π.Μπεζεντάκος – Αφρ. Αβαγιανού, φιλολογ. επιμ. Ν.Π.Μπεζεντάκος), Αθήνα 1993. 7. L. Bruit Zaidman – P Schmitt Pantel, Η θρησκεία στις ελληνικές πόλεις της κλασικής εποχής (μετ. Κ. Μπούρας, επιμ. Μ. Τριανταφύλλου), Αθήνα 2002. 8. J. P. Vernant, Μύθος και θρησκεία στην αρχαία Ελλάδα (μετ. Μ.Ι. Γιόση), Αθήνα 2000. 9. ----------------, Ανάμεσα στο μύθο και την πολιτική (μετ. Μ.Ι. Γιόση), Αθήνα 2000. 10. ----------------, Μύθος και κοινωνία στην αρχαία Ελλάδα (μετ. Κ. Αλεξοπούλου -Σπ. Γεωργακόπουλος), Αθήνα 2003. 11. R. Seaford, Ανταπόδοση και τελετουργία. Ο Όμηρος και η τραγωδία στην αναπτυσσόμενη πόλη-κράτος (μετ. Β. Λιάπης), Αθήνα 2004. 12. Chr. Sourvinou-Inwood, “What is Polis Religion”, in: O. Murray-S. Price(eds), The Greek City from Homer to Alexander, Oxford 1998 (reprint), pp. 295 – 322. 13. R. Buxton (ed), Oxford Readings in Greek Religion, Oxford 2000. 14. G. Casadio, “How to write a Survey of Greek Religion from the point of view of the Comparative Study of Religion”, in : L. H. Martin – P. Pachis (eds), Theoritical Frameworks for the Study of Greco–Roman Religions, Thessaloniki 2003, pp.53-56. 15. Simon Price, Religion of the Ancient Greeks (Key themes in Ancient History), Cambridge 1999. 16. R. Parker, Miasma. Pollution and Purification in Early Greek Religion,Oxford 1983. 17. -----------, Athenian Religion. A History, Oxford 1996. 18. ----------, Polytheism and Society at Athens, Oxford 2005. 19. ----------, On Greek Religiοn, Ithaca-London:Cornell University Press, 2011. 20. D. B. Dodd – Chr. Faraone (eds), Initiations in Ancient Greek Rituals and Narratives, London – New York, 2003. 21. D. Odgen (ed.), A Companion to Greek Religion (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World), Malden ,MA-Oxford:Blackwell, 2007.
Last Update
24-09-2018