Religion and Politics: From Pax Romana to Pax Christiana, Distance Education

The course gives students an opportunity to explore the complex relationship between political ideologies and religious teachings and practices from the ancient Roman times until the Renaissance. The focus is on the concept of empire and peace (pax) and how universalist aspirations of States or other political agents are reflected in the dominant ideological discourses and religious narratives, which produced the ideas of pax deorum and pax Romana. Students will learn about the connection between the ancient Roman State and ancient roman Religion and how this context influenced the later history of Christian political ideas, as well as church – State relations in the post-classical Roman world.

At the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the relationship between religious and political ideas from the ancient Roman times to the Protestant Reformation;
  • Discuss major religious and political/philosophical ideas concerning the Church and State and their mutual interactions (in the relevant period)
  • Analyze and critically assess imperial ideas and aspirations in the history of the West (in the relevant period), and their connection with the ideas of peace, justice and power

Reservation för revidering av litteraturen.

  • Bettenson, Henry & Maunder , Chris , 2011. Documents of the Christian Church. London & New York : Oxford University Press. (60 s.)

  • Pamphilius, Eusebius , 2018. Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History: The Ten Books of Christian Church History, Complete and Unabridged. Morrisville North Carolina : Lulu Press . (180 s.)

  • Lake, Justin , 2013. Prologues to Ancient and Medieval History: A Reader (Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures Book 17) . Toronto Ontario: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division. (130 s.)

  • Nelson , Thomas , 2021. The NIV, Open Bible, Hardcover, Gray, Red Letter, Comfort Print: Complete Reference System. Nashville Tennessee: Thomas Nelson Publishers. (40 s.)

  • Beard, Mary & Price, Simon & North , John, 1998. Religions of Rome: A History. vol. 1 Cambridge England: Cambridge University Press. (150 s.)

  • Bjornlie, Michael Shane , 2012. Politics and Tradition Between Rome, Ravenna and Constantinople: A Study of Cassiodorus and the Variae, 527–554 (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series Book 89) . Cambridge England: Cambridge University Press. (160 s.)

  • Brodd, Jeffery & Reed, Johnathan L. , 2011. Rome and Religion: A Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue on the Imperial Cult (Writings from the Greco-Roman World Supplement) . Atlanta Georgia: Society of Biblical Literature Press. (170 s.)

  • Canning , Joseph , 1996. A History of Medieval Political Thought . 2 uppl. Oxford & New York: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group. (220 s.)

  • Grigg, Lucy & Kelly, Gavin , 2015. Two Romes: Rome and Constantinople in Late Antiquity (Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity). London & New York : Oxford University Press. (200 s.)

  • Kaldellis, Anthony, 2015. The Byzantine Republic: People and power of the New Rome. Cambridge Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. (17 s.)

  • Küng, Hans, 2003. The Catholic Church: A Short History (Modern Library Chronicles) . New York City New York: Modern Library press . (218 s.)

  • Pagels, Elaine , 1996. The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics. New York City New York: Vintage Books. (190 s.)

  • Rist, Rebecca, 2011. The Papacy and Crusading in Europe, 1198-1245. New York City New York: Continuum International Publishing Group. (130 s.)

  • Wengst, Klaus , 1987. Pax Romana and the Peace of Jesus Christ. London: Scm Press Ltd. (230 s.)

  • Wilken , Robert Louis , 2003. The Christians as the Romans Saw Them. New Haven Connecticut: Yale University Press. (120 s.)

Schemat finns tillgängligt senast en månad innan kursen startar. Vi rekommenderar inte att du skriver ut schemat eftersom vissa ändringar kan ske.

Öppna schemat

Davor Džalto




A = Framstående, B = Mycket bra, C = Bra, D = Tillfredsställande, E = Tillräcklig, Fx = Otillräcklig, komplettering möjlig, F = Otillräcklig


  • Hemtentamen
  • PM
  • Seminarier

A Bachelor’s degree in Theology (equivalent to the Swedish Kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognized university. Proficiency in English through an internationally recognized test, e. g. TOEFL, IELTS, or the equivalent.

Fastställd av Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm den 18 december 2019.

Senast reviderad den 19 februari 2020.