NEAREAST 391 - Humanities Topics in Near Eastern Studies
Section: 001 War, Peace, and Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Near East Studies (NEAREAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
At least one previous course in Near Eastern studies. Students should not elect the same topic twice.
May be elected twice for credit.
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Throughout history “religion” has played a perplexing, even contradictory role—at times instigating, at times mediating war and peace. Religious belief provides both the ideological fuel for racism, hatred, and violence, but also the motivation for peace and unity. To gain a more sophisticated view of the present, we must examine religion’s role in the past. Beginning with the conquest of the Near East by Alexander the Great and concluding with the Roman Empire’s violent suppression of revolts on the frontiers, this course draws on a wide range of resources—everyday artifacts, inscriptions, coins, literary texts, as well as visits to the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology—to piece together the intricate role of religion as a facilitator of war and peace. How did Rome’s most devastating naval battle with Carthage result from the auspices of sacred chickens? Why did Augustus symbolically close the doors of the temple of the god Janus to usher in the Pax Romana? What fostered pacifism among some Jews of antiquity, but violent revolution among others? Together we will investigate answers to these questions in order to better understand the underlying principles and variables of religious ideas that are still at work today.

Course Requirements:

Undergraduate Students with some familiarity or interest in ancient history/religion

Intended Audience:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly

NEAREAST 391 - Humanities Topics in Near Eastern Studies
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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