CNRS: Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies

Winter 2020

CNRS104 Temples, Tombs, and Tyrants: The Archaeology of the Middle East, Greece, and Rome Sections

The rise of civilizations, cultural interconnections, and power dynamics in the ancient Middle East (including Egypt), Greece, and Rome (10,000 BCE - 300 CE). Archaeological methods and interpretation, and analysis of ancient artifacts in UBC collections.

CNRS370 Theories of Myth Sections

Origins, nature, and transmission of myth in the Western tradition, with particular attention devoted to the interpretation of myth from ancient times up to the present. Some background in myth is recommended.

This course will examine the origins, nature and transmission of myth in the Western Tradition. It will devote particular attention to the interpretation of myth from ancient times up to the present day. Modern theorists discussed may, among others, include Freud; Jung; the so-called "Cambridge Ritualists;" N.Frye; J. Campbell; C. Levi-Strauss; R. Girard; W. Burkett; E. Cassirer. Prerequisites: None
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CNRS410 The Archaeology of Ancient Cyprus Sections

An overview of the archaeology of ancient Cyprus from the island's initial colonization in the 10th millennium BCE through the period of its rule as part of the Roman Empire (4th century CE).

Instructor(s): Fisher, Kevin
This course offers an in-depth look at the fascinating past of the island of Cyprus—the legendary birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. We’ll use material culture to examine the development of Cypriot society from the island’s initial colonization in the 10th millennium BCE through the period of its rule as a province of the Roman Empire. Highlights include new discoveries that are revolutionizing our understanding of the Neolithic and the role of Cyprus in the origins and spread of agriculture in the Near East; the key role that Cyprus played in the globalized world of the Late Bronze Age, which saw Cypriot copper reach Scandinavia; the emergence of powerful city kingdoms during the early Iron Age, Archaic and Classical periods and the growing influences of Greek and Phoenician culture; and the effects on Cypriot identity and material culture as the island fell under the control of a succession of empires (Persian,...
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CNRS449 Honours Essay Sections

CNRS500A Pro-Seminar in Ancient Mediterranean Studies: Selected Topics - SEM MEDITER STDY Sections

Instructor(s): Griffin, Michael

CNRS502A Studies in Law and Society - STUDIES LAW Sections

Instructor(s): Huemoeller, Katharine

CNRS549 Master's Thesis Sections

CNRS649 Doctoral Dissertation Sections