Greek MA

Religion in Ancient Greece CLASSIC4075

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The course will look at Greek religion from three main perspectives. First, we will look at some of the main categories through which Greek religion structured the world (mortals, immortals, animals, landscape). Second, we will look at the main forms of religious experience and how it dealt with major human emotional concerns (i.e. death, disease, love). Finally, we will discuss Greek religion within particular societies and in the context of other contemporary systems of thought.


2x1hr sessions per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in Classics and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available in MyCampus.


■ Essay (3000 words) - (50%)

■ Exam (90 minute duration) (50%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide an opportunity to:

■ Examine the core material for the study of ancient Greek religion, including literary texts and epigraphic and material evidence

■ Engage critically with important secondary scholarship on the subject

■ Consider how 'the Greeks' thought and practice was shaped by their religious beliefs

■ Become exposed to an alternative worldview

■ Reflect on the different ways in which people from different societies try to deal with similar fundamental questions.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ describe the main institutions and rituals of Greek religion

■ analyse key concepts in the scholarship of Greek religion using a variety of primary sources

■ identify and evaluate different scholarly approaches to Greek religion

■ produce sustained arguments that compare and criticize modern interpretations of particular phenomena in Greek religion

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.