Spring 2009

The Holy Wo/Man in Late Antiquity

Listed in: Religion, as RELI-43


Robert Doran (Section 01)


The holy wo/man was accorded a special place in late antique society as a link between the human and the divine. Yet what was it about particular humans that drew groups to accord them this special status? Why does standing on a pillar or naked in the open air mark one as holy? In this course we will read lives of pagan, Jewish, and Christian men and women to explore why groups in late antiquity saw in these strange and wonderful rites traces of the divine, and in what way they reflected the values of their groups. Spring semester. Professor Doran.