This Gods, Heroes and Monsters - The Mythological Poetry of Ancient Iraq program at SOAS University of London consists of two parts. In the first week we will explore the archaeology and history of ancient Iraq, including the history of its modern discovery and the ethical questions surrounding European involvement in the archaeology of ancient Iraq.
In the second week we will delve deeper into the world of myth and poetry in ancient Iraq. This will include detailed readings and analysis of the world’s first great works of literature, such as the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Babylonian Creation Epic (Enuma Elish) and many others. We will analyse these works with attention to the important differences between the various versions, manuscripts and historical periods in which they are attested. In addition to close reading of the texts in translation, we will discuss the key themes which they deal with.
Students at Gods, Heroes and Monsters - The Mythological Poetry of Ancient Iraq program at SOAS University of London will:
- Critically assess sources used in the modern reconstruction of the historical and archaeological contexts of ancient Iraq, including debates surrounding its modern discovery and reception
- Analyse and synthesise the key themes, motifs and storylines of the mythological poetry of ancient Iraq, including nuances between different versions, manuscripts and periods of transmission
- Critically evaluate the relative merits of contrasting debates surrounding the ritual and scholarly contexts in which the poetry of ancient Iraq was transmitted and performed
- History and Archaeology of Ancient Iraq
- The discovery of the civilisation of ancient Iraq by Europeans, and the decipherment of cuneiform in the 19th century; colonialism and ethics of archaeology and heritage.
- History and material culture of ancient Iraq
- Pantheon of gods and key ritual practices of ancient Iraq
- Mythological Poetry of Ancient Iraq in Focus
- 12 months
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15 SOAS credits
DisciplinesHistory Philosophy & Ethics Ancient History View 18 other Short Courses in Ancient History in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
A university student or a graduate at the time of attending the summer school, and 18+ years of age. Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.
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