Storia delle religioni – Approccio comparativo alle religioni antiche

Period of duration of course
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Course info
Number of course hours
25
Number of hours of lecturers of reference
25
Number of hours of supplementary teaching
0
CFU 3
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Modalità esame

Oral exam

Programma

The course is conceived as a general Introduction to the major themes of the History and Historiography of ancient Mediterranean religions. A comparative path will be proposed on the concept of religion, the notion of « deity » or rather « divine power », the structural and pragmatic characteristics of polytheisms, and the dynamics of rituals. The comparative method will make it possible to compare ancient contexts with each other (Greece, Rome, Levant, Mesopotamia, Egypt...), but also to mobilise anthropological studies of more distant or more recent areas.

Obiettivi formativi

The aim is to put the modern concept of religion at a distance and try to understand the specific logics of ancient polytheisms and monotheisms in comparison. Always starting from the sources, the ability to identify and understand the categories used by the Ancients to organise the divine world and communicate with it will be developed.

Riferimenti bibliografici

  • Maurizio BETTINI, L’ElogiodelPoliteismo. Quello che possiamo imparare dalle religioni antiche, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2014.
  • Corinne BONNET, Laurent BRICAULT, Divinità in viaggio. Culti e miti in movimento nel Mediterraneo antico, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2021.
  • Philippe BORGEAUD, Francesca PRESCENDI (a cura di), Religioni antiche. Un'introduzione comparata, Rome, Carocci, 2017