NES 2575

NES 2575

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2017-2018.

This course will survey the cultic practices and beliefs of ancient Babylonia and Assyria, the two major civilizations of Mesopotamia. We will examine the major myths of this region, e.g., Ishtar's Descent into the Netherworld, Etana, and Gilgamesh, in light of what they reveal about Mesopotamian religion, politics, and understanding of the afterlife. We will also examine the performance of magical rituals and incantations, methods of predicting the future, and the role of sacred marriage, prostitution, and slavery in the ancient temple.

When Offered Spring.

Breadth Requirement (GHB)
Distribution Category (CA-AS)
Course Attribute (CU-ITL)

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  •  7420NES 2575  LEC 001