This course introduces students to its principal gods and heroes, and details how to contact them and gain their goodwill. It explains how to avoid offending the gods, how the gods intervene in human life, how to consult the gods about the future, how to enlist the services of the divine healer, and how to look after one’s dead so that they will be able to enter Hades, what to expect in the afterlife, and much more besides. This religion course contains over 19 lectures and 5 hours of content!
About the Instructor:
Robert S.J. Garland is the Roy D. and Margaret B. Wooster Professor of the Classics at Colgate University, where he served 13 years as Chair of the Department of the Classics. He was also Director of the Division of the Humanities. He earned his B.A. in Classics from Manchester University, his M.A. in Classics from McMaster University, and his Ph.D. in Ancient History from University College London.
A former Fulbright Scholar and recipient of the George Grote Ancient History Prize, he has educated students and audiences at a variety of levels. In addition to his 25 years teaching Classics at Colgate University, he has taught English and Drama to secondary school students and lectured at universities throughout Britain as well as at the British School of Archaeology in Athens.
He is the author of numerous articles in both academic and popular journals and eleven books capturing details of all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman life, including The Greek Way of Life: From Conception to Old Age; Introducing New Gods: The Politics of Athenian Religion; Daily Life of the Ancient Greeks, and Hannibal. His expertise has been featured in The History Channel’s “The True Story of Troy,” and he has repeatedly served as a consultant for educational film companies. He has also produced two courses for The Great Courses (formerly The Teaching Company), ‘An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean’ and ‘The Other Side of History’ (forthcoming 2012). He is currently writing a book entitled Greek Refugees: An Untold Story.