Ancient World: Roman Religion (CLA2510)

15 credits

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the very different world of Roman religion, primarily as practiced in the city of Rome during the Roman Republic. The module is organised in loose chronological fashion; we take our starting point in iron age Rome and proceed until the time of Caesar Augustus. We will study the concepts of Roman religion, forms of worship and cult, priests, places, and selected themes of interest. These include the nature of Roman festivals, attitudes toward foreign deities, the question of decline in the Late Republic, and the religious reforms of Augustus. Students will obtain an overview of the elements of Roman religion and its place in Roman society and culture. We will work extensively with the written and material sources of Roman religion, and learn some of the history of the Roman Republic along the way.