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Ancient history 3104-L3HST2-ANG
Semestr letni 2020/21
Ćwiczenia, grupa nr 1

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Przedmiot Ancient history 3104-L3HST2-ANG
Zajęcia Semestr letni 2020/21 (2020L) (zakończony)
Ćwiczenia (CW), grupa nr 1 [pozostałe grupy]
Termin i miejsce:
każdy poniedziałek, 15:00 - 16:30
sala 12
Budynek Pomuzealny jaki jest adres?
Terminy najbliższych spotkań: Wszystkie zajęcia tej grupy już się odbyły - pokaż terminy wszystkich spotkań.
Liczba osób w grupie: 2
Limit miejsc: 12
Zaliczenie: Zaliczenie na ocenę
Prowadzący: Robert Wiśniewski
Literatura: (tylko po angielsku)

All the texts from the readings will be uploaded on Kampus platform.

Zakres tematów: (tylko po angielsku)

Introduction: Textual sources to study ancient history – 1

August and his iconography – 2

Primary sources:

Gemma Augustea (a decent quality image can be found on Wikipedia)

Secondary sources

Paul Zanker, The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus, Ann Arbor 1989, 167-238.

Problems and questions:

• Identification of people, deities and personifications

• Dating and history of the gem

• The ideological programme of the gem

• Its role in Augustan propaganda

Riots in Greek cities of he Roman Empire and the ways of dealing with them – 3 weeks

Primary sources:

The Acts of the Apostles (any translation will do, but the one named below will be ideal)

Secondary sources:

For the first week: J.A. Fitzmyer, The Acts of Apostles. A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary, New Haven 1997, 47-65.

For the second week: A.D. Macro, ‘The Cities of Asia Minor under the Roman Imperium’, in Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt II 7.2 (1980), 667-672 and 677-682

Problems and questions:

• Dating, authorship and credibility of the Acts of the Apostles (please, look carefully for any hint which makes it possible to date this text and tell us about its author. The first class will be just about this)

• Social and religious tensions in the cities of Asia Minor.

• Background and causes of riots.

• Reaction of the authorities.

• Legal and political ways of dealing with the riots, means of coercion.

Martyrdom, persecution and their literary image in Roman Africa – 3 weeks

Primary sources

Acts of Scillitan martyrs and the Martyrdom of Perpetua, both in Eric Rebillard (ed.) Greek and Latin Narratives about the Ancient Martyrs, Oxford 2017.

Secondary sources

W.H.C. Frend, Persecutions: genesis and legacy, in Cambridge History of Christianity, vol. 1, M. M. Mitchel & F. M. Young (eds.) Cambridge 2006, 503-508.

Problems and questions

• What the acta and passiones really are?

• Legal procedures

• What did the governors want to achieve?

• What did the Christians want to achieve?

• Social character of the Christian communities

Magic, love and circus – 3 weeks

Primary sources:

Apuleius, Metamorphoses I-III; Jerome, Life of Hilarion 11-12

Secondary sources:

F. Graf, Theories of Magic in Antiquity, in Magic and Ritual in the Ancient World, ed. by P. Mirecki & M. Meyer, Brill, Leiden, 2002, 92-104

Questions and problems:

• Sources to study magic

• Spheres of life in which magic was employed

• Real practices and their literary representation

• How was the magic supposed to work?

• Christian attitudes toward magic

Magic or religion? – 2 weeks

Primary sources:

Magical tablets from Uley and other sanctuaries in Roman Britain

http://curses.csad.ox.ac.uk/. Every participant will have one inscription to read and comment.

Secondary sources:

The full inscription of the sancturary at the website named above

Questions and problems:

• Character of the sanctuary and cult at Uley

• Magic or votive inscriptions?

• How was the magic supposed to work?

Marriage and church councils – 2

Primary sources:

A selection of the canons of the council of Elvira (will be send to all the participants of the course)

Secondary sources:

Everett Ferguson, Creeds, Councils, and Canons, in David Hunter & Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Oxford Hanbook of Early Christian Studies 435-436

Kyle Harper, “Marriage and Family in Late Antiquity,” in The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity, edited S. Johnson (Oxford, 2012) 667-714.

Questions and problems:

• What the church canons are?

• What did the Romans and Roman Christian mean by adultery?

• Position of women in Roman society and Christian communities

• Marriage and sex

• Marriage and religion

The plan presented below may be subject to some changes. If so, the participants will be informed about them in advance.

Metody dydaktyczne: (tylko po angielsku)

Close reading and analysis of the sources, followed by discussion.


prof. Robert Wiśniewski

Opisy przedmiotów w USOS i USOSweb są chronione prawem autorskim.
Właścicielem praw autorskich jest Uniwersytet Warszawski.