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THE ILIAD AND ODYSSEY

THE ILIAD AND ODYSSEY

Themes of war, mortality, fame, family, and heroism in the timeless epic poetry of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, read in translation. Counts for Arts literature requirement.

THE LITERATURE OF ANCIENT IRAQ

THE LITERATURE OF ANCIENT IRAQ

Probe the distinct but related corpora of biblical and ancient Near Eastern mythologies, including Mesopotamian literature as well as biblical texts. Consider the ways in which media and context contribute toward our understanding of this ancient material.

CLASSICAL ARABIC

CLASSICAL ARABIC

Classical Arabic offers special rewards to the dedicated student, with its unusually rich vocabulary, architectural grammar and treasury of literature from history, philosophy and the natural sciences to poetry, belles letters’, mysticism and, especially, scripture or Qur’an.

SEX, LIES, AND VIOLENCE IN THE HEBREW BIBLE

SEX, LIES, AND VIOLENCE IN THE HEBREW BIBLE

An exploration of the Bible’s “dark side,” with emphasis on texts that center on sex, deceit, and murder.