Death and the Afterlife in the Ancient World

0750 [CRN: 24015]

This course focuses on the evolution of beliefs and rituals related to death in and around the Mediterranean, including Egyptian, Greek, and Roman cultures. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we combine methodologies from Anthropology, Classics, and Religious Studies. Topics include myths of the afterlife; books of the dead, magic, and death rituals; divinization, heaven, hell, and Last Judgment, and the impact of Christianization on Roman understandings of death.
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