Cross-cultural Religious Interactions in the Ancient World
Course · 7.5 credits
The course aims to analyse interreligious encounters in a multi-ethnic, multicultural and highly interconnected Hellenistic and Roman Mediterranean world (from the 4th century BC to the 4th century AD). Students will have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with current theories and methods in the study of intercultural encounters and religious contacts in antiquity. Through case studies based on literary, epigraphic and archaeological sources, they will also have the opportunity to explore different examples and consequences of interactions between polytheistic and monotheistic traditions. By focusing on religious exchange between religions, students are invited to challenge the traditional historiographical idea that Greco-Roman 'paganism', Judaism and Christianity developed within separate social spheres as distinct 'cultural packages', as well as the modern dichotomy between 'polytheism' and 'monotheism'. Other topics covered in the course include the spread of religious ideas and practices, the construction of religious identities and alienation, the importance of religious affiliation in the context of migration, competition between religions, transnational religious expression and the relationship between mystery cults and Christianity.
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Department of Archaeology and Ancient History
Helgonavägen 3, LUX - Hus A, 223 62 Lund
Box 192, 221 00 Lund
+46 46 222 79 40
Requirements and selection
To be admitted to the course, students must have completed first-cycle courses in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, archaeology, historical archaeology, historical osteology, history, Greek, Latin, history of science and ideas, history of religions, Jewish studies, Old and New Testament exegesis or equivalent knowledge.
Oral and written proficiency in English corresponding to English 6/B from Swedish upper secondary school is a requirement.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Bachelor's or Master's studies in Sweden:
Start Spring Semester 2024
Day-time Lund, part time 50%
25 March 2024 - 2 June 2024
You can only apply for this course in the 'Swedish student' application round. Find out more: Applying for studies – when to apply
Day-time Lund, part time 50%
25 March 2024 - 2 June 2024
Closed for applications
How to apply
Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.
Step 1: Apply online
- Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
- Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
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- Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.
Step 2: Submit documents
- Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se
Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se
- Get all your documents ready:
- official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
- official transcripts and degree certificate or proof that you are in the final year of your Bachelor's (Master's applicants)
- passport/ID (all applicants) and
- proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
- Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
- Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.
* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below.
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Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 13 750
First payment: SEK 13 750
Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
- Paying your application fee – universityadmissions.se
- Exemptions from paying the application fee – universityadmissions.se
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*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or doctoral/PhD students, regardless of their nationality.
Scholarships & funding
Lund University Global Scholarship programme
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Master's level.
Country-specific scholarships and funding options
Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.