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PLRL 205 Classical Religion and Philosophy (CORE—Philosophical Inquiry)

(Second semester—odd years/3 credits) 

This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of Greco-Roman religion and philosophy through the study of both primary source material and modern scholarly writing. The first half of the semester will introduce the student to the ancient world via its religious practices, concentrating on both public cult activity and private or secret rituals. The second half of the semester will look at the same social and civic issues from a philosophical perspective, examining issues such as individual free will, the relationship between the gods and men, ethical conflicts and theories of justice and the state.