Confrontation between Greek and Near Eastern Civilizations


Course Objective

At the end of the course, students are able to:
(1) phrase a relevant research topic, problem, and question related to
the study of cultural contact between East and West in the ancient Near
East and Egypt
(2) explain and evaluate social scientific, and in particular cultural
anthropological, theories regarding cultural interaction, adaptation and
(3) evaluate the applicability of the aforementioned theories in the
context of the study of the Hellenistic Near East and Egypt
(4) conduct an individual research project on cultural contact between
East and West in the ancient Near East ad Egypt and write up the
research in a paper in which they reflect on theory, methodology and

Course Content

Since 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 Methods

This research seminar combines seminars and independent research by the
students. In 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, Demotic
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 Assessment

Literature exam (40%), presentation (20%), research paper (40%)


Literature will be made available through Canvas.

Target Audience

Students admitted to one of the following Master’s programmes can take
this course:
(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.

General Information

Course Code L_GOMAALG003
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. N.F.F. Karrouche
Examiner dr. N.F.F. Karrouche
Teaching Staff dr. N.F.F. Karrouche

Practical Information

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