This course will explore the Greco- Roman religious culture of the Augustan Age and its encounter with the religion of Judea and the early Christian movement. Traditional piety as well as mystery religions will be examined. Special attention will be given to the religious restoration/ renewal of Caesar Augustus and the growth of the imperial cult. Topics will include the role of religion in society and the life of the polis as well as the Roman perception of the Christian communities. Passages from the New Testament will be analyzed in light of this study. The course will consist of lectures, readings in primary and secondary literature, 2 short papers, and one final essay. AD students will meet in seminar sessions and have additional readings. Lectures, readings for RGB3501; Lectures, readings, seminar for RGB6501. Readings; 2 short papers and one final extended essay ( RGB3501). Readings, seminar discussions, presentations, research paper (25- 30 pages) for RGB6501.
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