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CODE 104248
ACADEMIC YEAR 2024/2025
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-STO/06
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 2° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The discipline aims to provide the necessary tools to decode the religious phenomenon of the classical world by addressing specific theological, ritual, mythical, and cultural issues in light of the latest hermeneutical approaches

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Aim of the course is to provide useful tools for decoding the religious phenomenon of the classical world by addressing specific theological, ritual, mythical and cultural problems in the light of the most recent hermeneutics.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Provide the methodologies and hermeneutical tools to navigate the history of religions and fully understand the European academic debate that, starting from the late 19th century, led to the identification of a new disciplinary field and new historical research instruments.

  • Furnish the conceptual categories and essential ancient and modern vocabulary of religious research.

  • Analyze and interpret symbols, practices, and religious texts within their specific historical and social contexts.

  • Integrate the study of ancient religions into the spectrum of all involved disciplines, from philology to history, archaeology, possible intersections with sociology, and historical psychology.

  • Guide the student in initiating independent research on topics related to the study of religions, using appropriate research methods and critically analyzing sources.

Transversal Skills:

  • Functional advanced literacy skills
  • Advanced-level social skills
  • Advanced-level personal skills

TEACHING METHODS

Traditional lectures are complemented by presentations from experts and specialized scholars. A portion of the lectures will be devoted to actively engaging students in presenting a paper in class on a topic relevant to the subject matter of the course. While attendance is not mandatory, it is recommended.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course aims to provide initially a methodological introduction to the History of religions with particular reference to the religions of the classical world. Subsequently, it will address the category of translatability of the names of God, namely the manner through which ancient polytheisms recognized the deities of their respective pantheons based on attributes deemed common. This mode of relating to foreign deities will be investigated, traversing through the Ancient Near East and Egypt, within the context of what the Egyptologist Jan Assmann has termed 'the idea of an ecumene' in the ancient world, leading to the phenomena of Graeco-Roman interpretatio in the classical world. Additionally, it will examine how this recognition practice has been challenged by the emergence of exclusive monotheisms in history. The religious phenomenon will also be framed within the anthropological, civil, and political context specific to ancient religions.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

The exam preparation involves studying the introductory essay concerning the specified pages (a), the designated text (b), and two articles of choice from the list that will be made available on Aulaweb (c).

A) A. Brelich, «Prolegomeni a una Storia delle religioni», in H.C. Puech (a cura di), Storia delle religioni. L'Oriente e l'Europa nell'antichità, Laterza, Roma-Bari, vol. I, pp. 1-55 (the essay will be provided).

B) P. Borgeaud, F. Prescendi, Religioni antiche: un'introduzione comparata, a cura di D. Bonanno e Gabriella Pironti, Carocci, Roma 2011.

C) Two articles of choice from the list that will be made available on Aulaweb.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

LESSONS

LESSONS START

February 2024.

Class schedule

The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Oral exam. Interested students will have the option to replace a portion of the exam with a practical assessment, which will involve presenting in class on a topic related to the subject matter of the exam.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The oral exam will assess the following skills: the quality, proficiency, and confidence in delivering the presentation; a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter; the ability to reason, establish logical connections, and employ specialized vocabulary; and the aptitude for reading, analyzing, and comprehending texts.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Regular attendance at lessons is strongly encouraged. Students who are unable to attend are kindly requested to contact the Professor.

Students who have valid certification of physical or learning disabilities on file with the University and who wish to discuss possible accommodations or other circumstances regarding lectures, coursework and exams, should speak both with the instructor and with Professor Elisabetta Colagrossi (Elisabetta.Colagrossi@unige.it), the Department's disability liaison.

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 PRO3 - Soft skills - Personale avanzato 1 - A
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 PRO3 - Soft skills - Sociale avanzato 1 - A
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