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John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: HIS                                     Course Number: 366                                    
Course Title: Religions of the Ancient World
Subject: History
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


In antiquity, religion was a driving force that both transformed society and was transformed by society. This course will provide a survey of early religious movements of the ancient world, showing how the myths, ritual, and sacred laws of ancient societies expressed their world views. Religion has always been an influential factor in society, and students will learn how organized religion developed into a powerful social and political tool. The course will focus primarily on the major religious movements of the ancient Near East: Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the early Israelite tradition; however, other ancient religions (including the Greek and Roman traditions, Hinduism, Buddhism, New World and African traditions) will also be touched on. The course will balance an understanding of the personal practices of ancient religions with an understanding of the larger political and social role of religion.

Prerequisite: HIS 201, and any 200-level History course
Start Date:    01/27/2014                         End Date: