MELC 509 A: Death and Afterlife in the Ancient World

Summer 2024 B-term
Meeting:
MW 2:20pm - 5:40pm / * *
SLN:
12359
Section Type:
Lecture
Joint Sections:
MELC 309 A
Instructor:
SYNCHRONOUS ONLINE COURSE. *** GRADUATE SECTION OF MELC 309A.
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

The step pyramid of Pharoah Djoser of Egypt - the first known pyramid to be completed by the Egyptian kings!

In this course, we will explore beliefs about death and the afterlife from the ancient Middle East.  We will have three units, each focusing on a different geographical area: Egypt, Syria & Canaan, and Mesopotamia.  We will look at myths, burial inscriptions, and burial practices from each region, trying to piece together what the ancient peoples of these areas believed about death. There are no prerequisites for this course. Can be taken for A&H or SSc credit.

Assignments include: guided reading questions, fun in-class activities, two unit stories, and a final project in which you become an ancient tomb salesperson and try to convince us to be buried in your cemetery!

All READINGS are in Canvas under MODULES.

 

Catalog Description:
Explores human yearnings, obsessions, fears, and aspirations associated with death and afterlife by examining major political, military, social, economic, religious, literary, artistic, and architectural phenomena directly connected to the way ancient cultures, such as Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel, and the Levant, have conceptualized death.
Credits:
3.0
Status:
Active
Last updated:
April 13, 2024 - 9:39 am