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HC 3001 / HC 3501

Course Co-ordinator: Dr A D Clarke

Pre-requisite(s): Students in Programme Year 3 or above.

Note(s): This course is run on a cycle with HC 3002 / HC 3502 Jewish Environment of the New Testament, and will be available in 2012/13 and alternate years thereafter.

This course will be available as HC 3501 in 2012/13.

This course does not count for the purpose of History degree credits.

What we sometimes call the 'background to the New Testament' was the vast Graeco-Roman world, whose influence reached from Britain and Spain to Afghanistan. In the wake of Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) the Mediterranean and Near East reflected a fusion of Greek and local cultures ('Hellenism'). The Romans later adopted and adapted these Greek norms as they imposed their administration, which dominated the eastern Mediterranean through the first Christian centuries. This course explores some of the political, social, cultural, religious, philosophical, and legal conditions in that multi-cultural Graeco-Roman world in which the earliest Christians lived. It will draw on a wide range of ancient literary sources as well as inscriptions, coins, papyri and other material evidence.

1 two-hour seminar per week.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (60%); continuous assessment (40%), consisting of one essay of 2,500 words.

Resit: Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%), provided each element of assessment is CAS 6 or above. New coursework can be submitted.