Course Description

Course Name

Spain''s Classical Heritage: Between History and Mythology

Session: VSVF2221

Hours & Credits

45 Contact Hours

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


The main goal of this course is to give students an overview of Spain?s Classical
heritage. The course pays special attention to Phoenician, Greek and Roman presence
in Spain, not only from a historical point of view, but also taking into account the
mythological construction of Spain´s past and key cultural traditions. The course also
explores Spain?s religious background, mainly the long process of Christianization of
Southern Spain.

The course is divided in classes and field trips that will be key elements in helping the
student to have a clearer perception of each historical period.

The program is divided as follows:

1. - Eastern traders and warlords in Spain: Phoenicians and Carthaginians.
2. - Travelling Heroes: Greeks and their myths in Spain.
3. - The coming of Rome and the creation of Hispania: Conquest and cultural changes.
4. - Pagans and Christians: the long process of Christianization of Spain.

The classes are combined with the following field trips:

1. - Sevilla. Roman remains in Seville. The old city in the Alfalfa and Encarnación area.
Pagan Temple of Calle Mármoles. 4 hours.
2. - Sevilla. Roman remains in Seville. The river and the ancient port. The foundations
of the Cathedral. Early Christian temples and the Iglesia del Salvador. 4 hours.
3. - Archaeological Museum of Seville. 4 hours.


There will be two exams, one mid-way through the course and the other at its
conclusion. These two exams are 80 % of the final grade. Attendance to all activities is
compulsory and it will be checked daily. Participation in class and during field trips is
extremely important (up to 20 % of the final grade).


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Aubet, M.E., Tiro y las colonias fenicias de Occidente, Barcelona, 1994.
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*Course content subject to change