Courses for Spring 2015

  • Intermediate Akkadian

    This course is the second semester of an intensive, yearlong introduction to the Akkadian (Babylonian/Assyrian) language. Students will deepen their knowledge of the cuneiform writing system and continue to develop their grasp of Akkadian grammar. Readings from Mesopotamian texts in the original language will include, among others, selections from the Laws of Hammurapi, Assyrian historical texts (such as the accounts of Sennacherib's siege of Jerusalem), and the story of the Flood from the Standard Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh. Prerequisite: Introduction to Akkadian (AWAS0200) or permission of the instructor.
    AWAS 0210 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rutz
  • Imagining the Gods: Myths and Myth-making in Ancient Mesopotamia

    Creation, the Flood, the Tower of Babel--well-known myths such as these have their origins in ancient Mesopotamia, the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Using both ancient texts in translatioin and archaeology, this course will explore categories of Mesopotamian culture labeled "myth" and "religion" (roughly 3300-300 BCE), critically examining the ancient evidence as well as various modern interpretations. Topics will include myths of creation and the flood, prophecy and divination, death and the afterlife, ritual, kingship, combat myths and apocalypses, the nature and expression of ancient religious experience, and representations of the divine. There are no prerequisites. WRIT DPLL
    AWAS 1100 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rutz
  • Time in the Ancient World

    Time plays many roles in civic and everyday life: calendars provide a way of regulating activities ranging from gathering taxes to knowing when to perform religious rituals. This course will provide an introduction to the way time was measured, used, regulated and conceived in the ancient world. We will cover topics such as the calendars used in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and China, sundials and other instruments used for measuring time in the ancient world, and the way time is used in scientific and non-scientific texts. WRIT
    AWAS 1650 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Steele
  • Reading and Research

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    AWAS 2980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Steele
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AWAS 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Harmansah
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AWAS 2980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Rutz
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing a thesis.
    AWAS 2990 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Courses of Interest to Concentrators in Ancient Western Asian Studies

    The following courses may be of interest to Ancient Western Asian Studies concentrators. Please see the sponsoring department for the time and location of each course.

    Religious Studies
    RELS 0640 Dying to be with God: Jihad, Past and Present
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