ACABS 491 - Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies
Section: 001 Galilee in the Graeco-Roman Period
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS)
Department: LSA Near Eastern Studies
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Galilee, the northern region of Roman Palestine, represents a unique opportunity for social and cultural historians. On the one hand this may be considered a rather peripheral territory with no major roads, cities, or a significant political and economic role. On the other hand, in large part due to its association with Jesus of Nazareth (a city in lower Galilee) and also because of its close ties to the Rabbis of Antiquity, this area became the focal point of much scholarly attention over the centuries. The abundance of source material about Galilee that was gathered over the years – archaeological, epigraphic, numismatic, and literary, makes it an ideal case for research and discussion. The current seminar aims at such investigations. We will examine various topics in the history of Galilee from Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman periods, with a focus on its society and culture as they evolved over time and with the goal of tasting the entire gamut of source material. Knowledge of one ancient language (Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Aramaic, or Syriac) is preferred but not required. Grading will be based on preparation, participation, and presentation in the seminar, as well as a final project.

ACABS 491 - Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies
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001 (SEM)
Th 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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