NES 1930

NES 1930

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

When writing arouses admiration, awe, or pity, it can move people to act. Such texts surround us and include forms developed millennia ago in Egypt and Mesopotamia. Students will learn to recognize how ancient scribes communicated (with gods and men), educated, lamented, persuaded, and animated. Course readings (in translation) include the Epic of Gilgamesh,   Tale of Sinuhe, teachings, law codes, propaganda, magic spells, correspondence, and philosophical musings in both prose and poetry. Influence on the Hebrew Bible and Koran will become apparent, as will the awareness that contemporary culture resonates with ancient meanings. Understanding these early, artful writing techniques will become meaningful as students develop their own to communicate their reactions and interpretations to other students and the instructor.

When Offered Fall.

Course Attribute (CU-ITL)
Satisfies Requirement First-Year Writing Seminar.

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18060NES 1930  SEM 101

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