Cults of Hellenistic and Roman Thessaloniki

Course Information
TitleΟι λατρείες στη Θεσσαλονίκη κατά τους ελληνιστικούς και ρωμαϊκούς χρόνους / Cults of Hellenistic and Roman Thessaloniki
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorApostolos Kralidis
Course ID600018258

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

Registered students: 9
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective CoursesWinter-4

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Students are expected that during the course will • understand the most important cults and beliefs in Thessalonica, its content and teaching and also the basic lines of History of Religions. • Relate theory with practice in the interpretation of each cult as a cultural phenomenon. • become familiar with the organization and presentation of ranking methods and separation of cults. • learn several ways of collecting data for understanding the religious phenomenon in local communities. • practice in analyzing and interpreting qualitative data about cults.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • 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
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
1. The establishment of Thessaloniki at the end of the 4th century B.C. and its evolution 2. The testimonies of sources for the development of the city. The relocation of foreigners. 3. The worship of the gods of the Greek pantheon. Quotes-sources. 4. The worship of the male gods of the Greek pantheon in Thessaloniki. 5. The worship of female gods of the Greek pantheon in Thessaloniki. 6. The worship of gods from Thrace. 7. The worship of gods from Asia Minor. 8. The worship of the Egyptian gods in Thessaloniki. 9. The worship of Roman gods in Thessaloniki from the 1st century B.C. 10. The development of imperial worship (1st-4th centuries AD). 11. The worship of other deities in Thessaloniki (Asia-Europe). 12. The presence and development of the Jewish community in Thessaloniki. 13. Overview. Conclusions. Presentation of homeworks.
Thessaloniki, Greek religion, Roman religion, cults, doctrines, troupes, deities, Egyptian cults, Asia Minor, Thrace
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
The use of ICT are made in the auditorium at the time of teaching with use of the computer (viewing text, audio, moving images) in PowerPoint environment and also with a parallel use of multimedia via links (links) from the Internet. All necessary infrastructure is provided by the University and there are relevant multimedia equipment in each classroom. It also possible to access databases and data banks via digital library and all the active digital subscriptions of AUTH. Finally, students can communicate, seek information and hand over their homework through electronic mail (e-mail).
Course Organization
Reading Assigment150.6
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities80.3
Written assigments251
Student Assessment
Oral exam on the material covered throughout the semester or written assignment (90%). Class participation and a written assignment (10%).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Additional bibliography for study
Beaujeu, J., La religion romaine à lʹapogée de lʹempire, Paris 1955. Berrens, S., Sonnenkult und Kaisertum von den Severern bis zu Constantin I. (193–337 n.Chr.), Historia, Einzelschriften 185, Stuttgart 2004. Burrell, B., Neokoroi: Greek Cities of the Roman East, Ph.D. diss., Harvard University 1980 Campbell, J.B., The Emperor and the Roman Army 31 BC to AD 235, Routledge, New York 1984. Fowden, G., Empire and Commonwealth: Consequences of Monotheism in Late Antiquity, Princeton 1993. Fowler, W.W., The Religious Experience of the Roman People, New York 19712. Fox, R.L., Pagans and Christians, New York & London 1988. Gradel, Ι., Emperor Worship and Roman Religion, Clarendon Press, Oxford 2002. Halsberghe, G., The cult of Sol Invictus, EPRO 23, Leiden 1972. King, A., Henig, M., (ἔκδ.), The Roman West in the Third Century. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports S109, 2 τόμ., 1981. Liebeschuetz, J.H.W.G., Continuity and Change in Roman Religion, Oxford University Press, Oxford 1979. MacMullen, R., Paganism in the Roman empire, London 1982. Rives, J.B., Religion and Authority in Roman Carthage from Augustus to Constantine, Clarendon Press, Oxford 1995. Southern; P., The Roman Empire from Severus to Constantine, Routledge, London and New York 2001.
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