Courses for Spring 2020

  • 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.
    ASYR 2980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rutz
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    ASYR 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Steele
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    ASYR 2980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Rojas Silva
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the residency requirement and are continuing research on a full time basis.
    ASYR 2990 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Special Topics in Ancient Sciences

    This course will be a topics course containing a detailed technical and cultural study of an area of science in a culture of the ancient world. Although intended for graduate students, undergraduate students who have taken EGYT 1600 or AWAS 1600 or a similar course may be admitted at the instructor's discretion.
    ASYR 2700 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Steele
  • Scientific Thought in Ancient Iraq

    This course will investigate a variety of ancient scientific disciplines using primary sources from ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq). By reading the original texts and studying the secondary literature we will explore the notion of scientific thought in the ancient world and critique our own modern interpretation of what “science” is and how different traditions have practiced scientific methods towards a variety of aims. Looking at a range of disciplines will allow us to compare and contrast the different ways in which scientific thinking is transmitted in the historical record.
    ASYR 1725 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Steele
  • Akkadian Divinatory Texts

    This course offers focused study of the most significant Akkadian divinatory texts from the second and first millennia BCE. Readings will come for the major genres of Mesopotamian divination found at sites throughout the ancient Near East. Emphasis will be placed on matters of textual transmission, reconstruction, and interpretation. We will read texts in the cuneiform script (copies, photographs, and, when possible, actual tablets) and work to place the material in meaningful historical, social, and cultural contexts. Knowledge of Akkadian cuneiform required.
    ASYR 2420 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rutz
  • 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 and script 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 (ASYR 0200 or ASYR 1000) or permission of the instructor.
    ASYR 1010 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rutz