29 About This Module: Roman and Christian Religious Culture

Topics Covered:

  • Roman and Christian Culture to Include
    • Constantine
    • Early Christian Architecture such as the Church at Dura-Europas
    • Jesus and Early Christianity
    • Roman Imperial Cult
    • Roman Mystery Religions such as the Mithras

This module introduces students to Roman and Christian religious expressions that developed over the course of Roman civilization. Students will determine what cultural artifacts such as the Mithraic reliefs and early Christian paintings tell us about their historical contexts. Students will demonstrate understanding of cultural expressions by noting the similarities and differences between Roman religious culture and Christian culture. Students will recognize the contribution that Roman and Jewish religion had on the development of early Christian belief. Finally, students will also demonstrate proficiency in critical by assessing how far early Christian belief functioned much like a Roman Mystery Religion. (1)

Learning Outcomes Related to this Module

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking
  2. Recognize the relationships between cultural expressions and their contexts
  3. Understand cultural expressions
  4. Interpret and evaluate cultural artifacts and/or their contexts for significance
  5. Recognize the important contributions of the classical world; understand and analyze specific primary texts from the classical world


Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Sort events related to Roman and Christian religious culture in historical.
  • Compare aspects of Roman and Greek Religion.
  • Identify features that exemplify Roman Religion.
  • Identify elements that identify the Roman Mystery religions.
  • Discuss the historical development of Christian belief in antiquity.
  • Distinguish between Christian belief and practice before and after Constantine. (1)

Assigned Readings

  • Learning Unit – Roman and Christian Religious Culture

Assignments | Learning Activities

  • Review Learning Unit
  • Participate in Discussion 6
  • Complete Timeline Assignment 6
  • Complete Assessment Module 6


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