In this course, students will survey ancient Near Eastern religions and their mythologies, not only learning about ancient myths, gods, and goddesses but also the social and historical contexts of these religions. The ancient Near East includes: Mesopotamia (ancient Iraq/Iran), Egypt, and Turkey. Together, we will read a variety of ancient texts such as the Descent of Ishtar, Enuma Elish, the Book of the Dead, and several other religious myths and hymns. Then, we will critically discuss their ancient (and sometimes modern!) cultural significance. Students will learn critical thinking skills, presenting skills, research skills, and gain a deep understanding of ancient Near Eastern religion and mythology. Among the occasional creative or factual writing assignment, students will also present or create art pieces themed around the topic of each class.
Teacher: Camryn Good
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