Course ObjectiveTraining in research skills (phrasing of a research topic, heuristics,
reporting) and developing the capability to use literary and documentary
Knowledge of social scientific theory regarding cultural interaction,
adaptation, and integration, as well as its application to Antiquity.
Course ContentSince the establishment of the great Near Eastern empires of the first
millennium BC, gradually a multiform society emerged due to military
operations, deportations, trade, and the foundation of cities. In the
empires of Alexander the Great and the Seleucids a great effort was made
to spread Greek culture by the foundation of new cities with a core of
Greek or Hellenized citizens or by the settlement of Greeks, Macedonians
and Hellenized people in ancient oriental cities, like Babylon, Uruk and
Susa. In two areas this process can be studied fruitfully thanks to the
availability of Greek as well as of indigenous sources: Babylonia and
Judea. This allows us to look at the interaction of cultures from both
sides. For Syria the situation of the sources is more troublesome, but
we have evidence especially for the Roman period.
Teaching MethodsThis research seminar combines lectures and independent research by the
students. In two introductory classes theories on cultural interaction
will be presented. The instructor and students will subsequently take
turns in presenting and discussing relevant sources in Greek, Aramaic,
and Akkadian as well as secondary literature regarding a number of
well-defined topics and questions. All primary sources will be made
available in English, but research master students in particular are
stimulated to read them in their original languages as well. Finally, in
consultation with the students research topics will be formulated about
which the students will write an individual paper.
Method of AssessmentLiterature review (30%), presentation (20%), research paper (50%)
LiteratureLiterature will be made available through Canvas.
Target AudienceStudents admitted to one of the following Master’s programmes can take
(Research) Master’s programmes in Classics and Ancient Civilizations,
History, or Theology & Religious Studies.
Students with knowledge of the relevant languages can follow additional
classes to read texts in the original languages.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||dr. N.F.F. Karrouche|
|Examiner||dr. N.F.F. Karrouche|
dr. N.F.F. Karrouche
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