Courses for Fall 2014

  • Introduction to Akkadian

    This course is an intensive introduction to the writing system, grammar and vocabulary of Akkadian, the language of ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq). Akkadian is the earliest known Semitic language (related to Arabic and Hebrew), first written over four thousand years ago, and the language of some of the oldest written myths, historical documents, omens, magical formulas and even love poems in the world. Students will learn the classic Old Babylonian dialect (ca. 1800 BCE), and read selections from texts in the original language. No prerequisites.
    AWAS 0200 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rutz
  • Introduction to the Ancient Near East

    This course offers an introduction to the study of the political, social and cultural history of the ancient Near East, from prehistory to the end of the Iron age (ca. 330 BC). Both literary sources and archaeological evidence are examined as relevant. Near East is understood here in its widest geographic extent, including primarily the Mesopotamian lowlands, Iranian and Syro-Anatolian highlands, as well as the Levantine coast. The course not only offers a foundational survey of the historical developments in the region, but also addresses the broader methodological and historiographic problems involved in Near Eastern studies. State formation and the development of complex societies, cult practices and cuneiform literary traditions, art, architecture and material culture, issues of landscape and settlement systems, agricultural production, regional and interregional trade, and craft production will constitute the central issues in the course. WRIT DPLL
    AWAS 0800 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Shafer
  • Astronomy Before the Telescope

    This course provides an introduction to the history of astronomy from ancient times down to the invention of the telescope, focusing on the development of astronomy in Babylon, Greece, China, the medieval Islamic world, and Europe. The course will cover topics such as the invention of the zodiac, cosmological models, early astronomical instruments, and the development of astronomical theories. We will also explore the reasons people practiced astronomy in the past. No prior knowledge of astronomy is necessary for this course. DPLL
    AWAS 1600 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Steele
  • Historiography of Exact Sciences

    Introduces graduate students to the sources, problems, and methodologies of the history of astronomy and mathematics from Babylon to Kepler. Prerequisite: AWAS 0200. Open to graduate students only.
    AWAS 2120 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Steele
  • Akkadian Literary and Religious Texts

    Readings in Akkadian literary and religious texts in the original language and script. Possible genres include myths, proverbs, and literary miscellanea as well as prayers, hymns, incantations, rituals, prophecies, and divinatory texts. This course is intended primarily for graduate students and may be repeated for credit. A reading knowledge of Akkadian cuneiform is required. A reading knowledge of both German and French is recommended but not required.
    AWAS 2400 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rutz
  • Introduction to Hittite Language and Literature

    This course is an introduction to Hittite language, literature, and culture. Hittite, the earliest attested Indo-European language (thus related to Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit) was used in Anatolia during the second millennium BCE. It survives in tens of thousands of tablets written in cuneiform script. Students will learn the basic grammar of the language and read in the original or in translation specimens from the fascinating textual legacy of the Hittites, which includes myths, prayers, laws, diplomatic texts as well as formal and informal letters. They will also become familiar with the cultural environment in which those texts were composed.
    AWAS 2900 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rojas
  • 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.

    Archaeology and the Ancient World
    ARCH 0150 Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology
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