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Religions in the Ancient Mediterranean

What were the religious beliefs of the people we common call ‘pagans’? Did the Greeks and the Romans really believe in their gods and myths? Did the Phoenicians really practice human sacrifice? This module investigates the religious beliefs of the people who lived and prospered in the ancient world with particular emphasis on Egypt, Syria-Palestine, Greece and Rome. We shall look at literary sources and archaeological evidence such as works of art, ancient temples and inscriptions in order to understand the cults, religious institutions and the cultural context of the ancient Mediterranean religions. In particular, the module will focus Mediterranean mythologies, theory and practice of sacrifice and prayer in ancient religion and the role of priesthood in ancient societies.

Name of lecturer

Professor Daniele Pevarello

How to apply

Applications can be made in person on Thursday 15th December 2016, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the Department of Religions and Theology, Room 5010, Level 5 of the Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2 or by post before 20th December 2016.


EUR 150 for the course. For security reasons payment should be by cheque/draft/postal money order only, made payable to Trinity College Dublin no. 1 account. A concession rate is available to second and third level students, unemployed persons and those in receipt of a social welfare pension.


Teaching commences during the week beginning 16th January 2017. Please note this is a day-time course.


The course runs for a total of twelve weeks, with no lectures in week 7.

Further Information

Contact: Jane Welch, Executive Officer, Department of Religions and Theology, Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin 2. Phone: 01 896 1297, email: