KR024 Greek Philosophy of Late Antiquity and Early Christianity

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Juraj Franek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Juraj Franek, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Mon 12:00–13:40 B2.34
The completion of the course KR023 Hellenistic Philosophy is a plus, but by no means a necessary requirement for enrollment.
Course Enrolment Limitations
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Course objectives
The course serves as an introduction to the Greek philosophy of the Late Antiquity and Earliest Christianity. Lectures are complemented with readings and discussions of the primary texts.
Following the successful completion of the course, studnents will have obtained an orientation in the works of the most important philosophers of Late Antiquity (late Academy, the development of Peripatetic school, neopythagoreism, neoplatonism) and Earliest Christianity (special attention will be dedicated to the philosophers and theologians of the second and third century).
Reading of the primary literature will serve as an introduction to the fundamental fields of systematic philosophy (ontology, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy).
Learning outcomes
Following the successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- provide an overview of the relation between Greek philosophy and early Christianity;
- describe the developments of the philosophical schools of the Classical age (Academy, Peripatetic school) and their reaction on the hellenistic philosophical movements;
- introduce the most important thinkers of the Late Antiquity and early Christianity;
- identify the ways in which the early Christian apologists approached the Greek philosophical tradition.
  • 1. Introduction.
  • 2. Academy after Plato.
  • 3. Periptatetic school after Aristotle.
  • 4. Neopythagoreism.
  • 5. Philo of Alexandria.
  • 6. Greek Christian apologetics I: Aristides, Justin Martyr, Tatian, Athenagoras, Theophilus.
  • 7. Greek Christian apologetics II: Clemens of Alexandria and Origen.
  • 8. Latin Christian apologetics: Tertullianus and Minucius Felix.
  • 9. Plotinus and neoplatonism.
  • 10. Pagan anti-Christian reaction.
  • 11. Late neoplatonism: Porphyry, Iamblichus, Proclus.
  • 12. Pagans and Christians.
    recommended literature
  • Osborn, E. (2001). Irenaeus of Lyons. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Osborn, E. (2005). Clement of Alexandria. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Osborn, E. (1997). Tertullian: First Theologian of the West. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Barnard, L. W. (1967). Justin Martyr: His Life and Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Harvey, S. A. - Hunter, D. G. (eds.) (2008). The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Young, F. - Ayres, L. - Louth, A. (eds.) (2004). The Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Lane Fox, R. (2006). Pagans and Christians in the Mediterranean World from the Second Century AD to the Conversion of Constantine. London: Penguin.
  • Gerson, L. P. (ed.) (2010). The Cambridge History of Philosophy in Late Antiquity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Smith, A. (2004). Philosophy in the Late Antiquity. London - New York: Routledge.
  • Remes, P. - Slaveva-Griffith, S. (eds.) (2014). The Routledge Handbook of Neoplatonism. London - New York: Routledge.
  • Gerson, L. P. (ed.) (1996). The Cambridge Companion to Plotinus. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Teaching methods
The course is a combination of lectures and class discussions. Systematic home reading and preparation for clases is necessary requirement for the successful completion of the course.
Assessment methods
Multiple-choice written test (pass mark = 70%).
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.

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