Hellenistic Religions
Cod: 31106
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: History - Ancient History
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course unit is focused on the study of the great religious vitality in the Hellenistic world, as a result of its political, social, economic and cultural changes specifically from the 4th century B.C. onwards.
Emphasis will be put on perspectives leading to a religious koiné and the growing diffusion of ‘universal’ gods as cultural traits of this period.


• Understanding the past (Hellenistic times) through the study of its cultural and religious manifestations;
• Writing in a clear and organised fashion.

1. Hellenistic period: time of refinement, cultural merging and diffusion
2. The new religious spirit of the Hellenistic period
3. Creating a real worship and the new Hellenistic 'gods'

José Ribeiro FERREIRA, Civilizações Clássicas I. Grécia, Lisboa, Universidade Aberta, 1996.
Félix GUIRAND (dir.), História das Religiões I, Lisboa, Edições 70, 2006.
Georges HACQUARD, Dicionário de mitologia grega e romana, Porto, Edições Asa, 1996.
Pierre LÉVÊQUE, O mundo Helenístico, Lisboa, Edições 70, 1987.

Online learning with continuous supervision favoring asynchronous communication (Moodle platform).
Students have to perform the tasks requested by the teacher: essays, critical recensions, reports, protocols, etc. All works will be evaluated and/or classified.

Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a final digital test, Global e-folio (e-folio G) at the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final exam (100%).

Students are required to have access to a computer with Internet connection and an e-mail address as well as to have computer literacy from the users' perspective.