Chiseling God: History, Culture, and Divinity in Ancient Greece
This course is currently full and not accepting applications
An unforgettable course to explore the various ways ancient Greeks understood God by close examination of their cultural, archeological, architectural and literary heritage.
Why do people believe what they do about God? How does culture and context influence how God is understood? Close contact with and examination of ancient sites and artifacts bring such questions into profile and press individuals for self-reflection on his or her own beliefs. This course seeks to explore the diverse ways that God has been understood in a variety of ancient Greek contexts. Understandings of God can be examined concretely in the archeological, artistic, and architectural legacy of the ancient Greeks. For example, the Acropolis in Athens contained primarily buildings devoted to different Gods, yet it was thoroughly a civic endeavor, which raises a whole host of questions about how and why humans understand God the way they do. Food sacrificed to Gods provides part of the backdrop for Paul’s correspondence with the Corinthians, but one cannot fully understand the polytheistic culture until one walks the ancient streets, sees the city layout and how Paul approached Christianity in such a cultural milieu. Close examination of early Cycladic figurines portray a close connection between God and fertility. All of this will be wrapped in an experience of modern Greece, with its spectacular scenery, great food, warm hospitality and healthy chaos.
|Estimated Program Cost
||Included in Program Cost
|Program Estimate: $6,622 - $6,922
*This includes tuition and administrative fee
The final program fee will be published here in early December, 2018
There is a $500 deposit - $250 due at the time of application and $250 due by July 31st. Students who begin an application after July 31st will need to submit the full $500 deposit at once. The deposit will be deducted from the total program cost when it is billed in January.
- course arrangements
- hotel accommodations - twin, triple, and multi-bedded rooms,
- continental breakfast daily,
- one lunch and two dinners (subject to change)
|For this J-Term Global Studies Course, students will receive 4 credits, but will only be charged for one credit of tuition. The tuition charge is included in the estimate listed, but will appear separately on your bill.
One 100-level theology or religion course is preferred.
The Ancient Greeks: An Introduction by Stephanie Lynn Budin (Oxford, 2009)
•The Portable Greek Reader, W. H. Auden, editor (Penguin)
•The Rise and Fall of Athens: Nine Greek Lives (Penguin, 1960)
•Euripides V: Electra, The Phoenician Women, The Bacchae (University of Chicago Press, 1969)
•1 Corinthians (Find a Bible, or read online: http://www.usccb.org/bible)
Adventurousness and flexibility (10%)
Presentation/Report from Independent Museum Exploration (25%)
Group Presentation of Scholarly Article (20%)
Final Project (25%)
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Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2018
For more information on course content, contact: Prof Micah Kiel
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