DSMgrB06 The States with the Sacral Kingdom - from China to Peru

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2016
Extent and Intensity
2/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
doc. PhDr. Jarmila Bednaříková, CSc. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Jarmila Bednaříková, CSc.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Tue 10:50–12:25 A21
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course is based on the method of comparison of the same developmental stages of social evolution in different types of civilizations, which belong to the concept of ancient civilization, as well as other types of civilizations. It deals with the phenomenon of sacral kings (or chieftains) and sacral kingdom as an institution, the types of states and societies connected to it and also with the ethics related to the aforementioned form of government. The aim of the course is to point to mental constants in the development of humankind regardless of ethnicity, anthropological characteristics or geographical position of relevant civilizations, and also to deepen the methodological thought of the students.
  • 1) The methodology of study of sacral governments (list of their characteristics)
  • 2) Sacral kingdom in Mesopotamia until the Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian Empire (inclusive)
  • 3) Egypt as an ancient state with a typical sacral rule
  • 4) Sacral authority in India and China
  • 5) The government in the Old Persian, Parthian, and Sasanian Empire
  • 6) Sacral rule in Greece in the Mycenean period and in the Dark Ages; residues of this kind of government in Greece in the Classical period
  • 7) Sacral power among Romans in the Age of the Kings and its residues in the Republican period
  • 8) Sacrality of the emperors in the Principate and Dominate. Sacral power among Germans, Celts, Thracians and Slavs
  • 9) Sacral chieftainship among Scythians, Sarmatians, Huns, and other nomads
  • 10) Sacral kings and chieftains in the pre-Columbian America; sacral rule in Polynesia
  • 11) The consequences of sacral rule for law and ethics of the society
  • 12) Sacral rule in christianized states
    recommended literature
  • BEDNAŘÍKOVÁ, Jarmila. Attila : Hunové, Řím a Evropa (Attila : Huns, Rome and Europe). Vyd. 1. Praha: Vyšehrad, 2012. 340 pp. Historica. ISBN 978-80-7429-169-2. info
  • BEDNAŘÍKOVÁ, Jarmila. Stěhování národů. Vyd. 1. Praha: Vyšehrad, 2003. 413 s. ISBN 8070215062. info
Teaching methods
Reading source texts, comparison - not of time, but evolutionary horizons.
Assessment methods
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2019.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2016, recent)
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