CL2GRE-Greek Religions

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Juliane Zachhuber


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module explores the religious practices and beliefs of the ancient Greeks, with particular focus on modes of ritual behaviour.


Religion was an integral part of everyday life in the Greek world, permeating all levels of private and public. Religious duties and experience varied depending on one’s social position in the Greek city; factors such as gender, citizenship, class, and wealth determined your role in core Greek rituals such as sacrifice and festivals, and your eligibility for priesthood. This module aims to equip students with an understanding of the role of religion in Greek society by examining a number of areas in which the two areas intersected and how.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
•show knowledge and understanding of important cult sites and types
•examine the ancient evidence available and evaluate its limitations
•think critically about modern theories concerning Greek religion
•marshal relevant materials and articulate arguments effectively in writing

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

Topics covered may include:

-religion in the Greek city

-priests and religious authority



-oracles and divination

-sanctuaries and sacred space

-religion at home

-mystery cults

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures and seminars

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 8
Seminars 4
Guided independent study 88
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One essay of 3,000 words to be submitted by 12 noon on the Friday of week 11

Formative assessment methods:

Students will be encouraged to submit an essay plan in week 5, and to discuss it with the convenor in week 6, to help marshal their ideas in good time and obtain advice and guidance.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission by 22nd August.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 12 December 2018


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