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Fall '00 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (Division 314)

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Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 December 22)

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ACABS 411. Introduction to Akkadian.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gary Beckman (sidd@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is an introduction to the literary language of the Babylonians and Assyrians. In the first term (this course) the basics of Akkadian grammar will be presented. There will be weekly homework exercises and in-class recitation. Individual tutoring may be organized as needed. There will also be an introduction to cuneiform signs, the script of the ancient texts. The course grade is based on in-class recitations and a number of exams, including a final exam. (The second term of this course progresses to reading of ancient myths from Mesopotamia in the original language and signs.)

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ACABS 413/Anthro. 442/Hist. 440. Ancient Mesopotamia: History and Culture.

Sections 001 through 004 meet the Upper-Level Writing requirement. Meets with ACABS 513.001.

Instructor(s): Norman Yoffee (nyoffee@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~nyoffee/syllancient%20mesop-2000.htm

This course will survey Sumerian, Babylonian, and Assyrian civilization from the first written documents (ca. 3100 BC) to the fall of the Neo-Babylonian empire (539 BC). Special attention will be paid to the following topics of social and political organization: the rise and nature of early Mesopotamian states; economy in Mesopotamia (redistribution and markets); rural and urban relations; Mesopotamian law; Babylonian and Assyrian relations; Mesopotamia and its neighbors (Israel and Persia); the collapse of Mesopotamian civilization. Examination of texts in translation and of archaeological materials will be presented in section in addition to discussion of lectures and readings. One textbook and course pack of readings will be the course's texts. Course grade is based on two hourly exams, a final exam, and a term paper. Students taking the course for the upper division writing requirement will write essays instead of the hourly exams.

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ACABS 483. Aramaic, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Charles Krahmalkov (crkrah@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: ACABS 102. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is an introduction to Imperial Aramaic through the reading of the Aramaic portions of the biblical books of Ezra and Daniel. Students will acquire a solid foundation upon which to build a further knowledge of other forms of Aramaic, such as Targumic and Syriac. Books required are (1) a copy of the Biblica Hebraica, and (2) a dictionary of Biblical Hebrew an Aramaic.

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ACABS 511. Introduction to Sumerian.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Fumi Karahashi

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will provide an introduction to Sumerian, the earliest written language in the world. The main focus will be on the grammar, primarily morphology, and on the structure of the cuneiform writing system. Simple texts will be read in class and analyzed. In addition, the course will provide basis information on the history and culture of early Mesopotamia. A basic knowledge of the cuneiform script is required, but interested beginners should contact the instructor. The one book that students will need is Marie-Louise Thomsen, The Sumerian Language.

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ACABS 513. Ancient Mesopotamia.

Section 001 Meets with ACABS 413.001.

Instructor(s): Norman Yoffee (nyoffee@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~nyoffee/syllancient%20mesop-2000.htm

This course will survey Sumerian, Babylonian, and Assyrian civilization from the first written documents (ca. 3100 BC) to the fall of the Neo-Babylonian empire (539 BC). Special attention will be paid to the following topics of social and political organization: the rise and nature of early Mesopotamian states; economy in Mesopotamia (redistribution and markets); rural and urban relations; Mesopotamian law; Babylonian and Assyrian relations; Mesopotamia and its neighbors (Israel and Persia); the collapse of Mesopotamian civilization. Examination of texts in translation and of archaeological materials will be presented in section in addition to discussion of lectures and readings. One textbook and course pack of readings will be the course's texts. Course grade is based on two hourly exams, a final exam, and a term paper. Students taking the course for the upper division writing requirement will write essays instead of the hourly exams.

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ACABS 585. Advanced Middle Egyptian.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Terry Wilfong (twilfong@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: ACABS 486. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Intended as a continuation to the introduction sequence of ACABS 485-486, students in this course further their knowledge of Middle Egyptian beyond the first year through study of a variety of texts in this language. Students will read a selection of texts in Middle Egyptian, from modern transcriptions and facsimiles of the ancient originals.

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ACABS 587. Seminar in Ancient Egyptian History and Culture: Selected Topics.

Section 001 Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period, C. 2750-2040 BCE.

Instructor(s): Janet Richards (jerichar@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: ACABS 281 or 382. (3).May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The first pyramid era and source of several 'classics' of ancient Egyptian art, the Egyptian Old Kingdom (ca. 2649-2150 B.C.E.) has been discussed as a period of political, social, and religious absolutism. The First Intermediate Period which follows it (ca. 2649-2040 B.C.E.), in contrast, is often viewed as politically anarchic, socially unstable, ritually democratizing, and artistically impoverished. In this seminar we will explore the degree to which either of these characterizations are valid, through a critical synthesis of the textual, iconographic, and archaeological data upon which the social history of these periods is based. We will also consider long term processes in the construction and negotiation of Egyptian political power and social ideology over time. Grades will be based on midterm exam, oral presentation, and research paper.

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ACABS 601. Advanced Readings in Classical Hebrew.

Section 001 Meets with ACABS 201.001

Instructor(s): Brian Schmidt (bschmidt@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Elementary Hebrew 102. Graduate Standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is an introduction to the literature of the Hebrew Bible. Texts representing different literary genres, and dating from different periods, will be read in the original. Students will be introduced to the history of the text of the Hebrew Bible and the problems of its translation and interpretation. Special emphasis will be placed on refining the student's knowledge of Biblical Hebrew through the study of Hebrew syntax. Required books are (1) a copy of the Biblica Hebraica, and (2) a proper dictionary of classical Hebrew.

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ACABS 611. Akkadian Documents.

Section 001 Enuma Elish Babylonian Epic of Creation.

Instructor(s): Norman Yoffee (nyoffee@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: ACABS 412. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~nyoffee/akksyll611f2000.htm

This term we shall read the "Babylonian epic of creation" (enuma elish). Toward the end of the term, we may read some Old Babylonian legal texts in anticipation of the Winter semester (612) when we'll concentrate on such texts. (Optionally, we can survey Akkadian dialects and scripts).

Evaluation: Grading will be based on in-class recitations and a term paper (5000 words minimum).

Text(book)s:

  • ENUMA ELISH. The Babylonian Epic of Creation. The Cuneiform Text. Text established by W.G. Lambert and copied out by Simon B. Parker. Oxford: Clarendon Press (1966 with several reprintings)
  • Enuma Elish. Booklet of photocopied texts prepared by Aaron Shafer. Jerusalem (undated)
  • F.N.H. al-Rawi and A.R. George 1990 Tablets from the Sippar Library II: Tablet II of the Babylonian Creation Epic. Iraq 52: 149-157
  • F.N.H. al-Rawi and J.A. Black 1994 A New Manuscript of enma elis, Tablet VI. Journal of Cuneiform Studies 46: 131-139

Topics:

  • Date of the text
  • Language of the text
  • Creation motifs in Mesopotamian literature
  • En.el. in the aktu festival
  • Literary/religious precursors of the text
  • Western motifs in the text

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ACABS 722. Ancient Israel/Hebrew Bible Seminar: Topics in History and Historiography.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Brian Schmidt (bschmidt@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: ACABS 202. Graduate Standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided

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ACABS 798. Directed Graduate Readings.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-3). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided

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ACABS 990. Dissertation Research Precandidate.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Election for dissertation work by doctoral candidate not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate Standing. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8; 1-4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.

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ACABS 993. Graduate Student Instructor Training Program.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Must have a Teaching Assistantship. Graduate Standing. (1).

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A seminar for all beginning graduate student instructors, consisting of a two day orientation before the term starts and periodic workshops/meetings during the Fall Term. Beginning graduate student instructors are required to register for this class.

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ACABS 995. Dissertation/Candidate.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate School autorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. Graduate Standing. (8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (8; 4 in the half-term

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. N.B. The defense of the dissertation (the final oral examination) must be held under a full term Candidacy enrollment period.

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