Dialogue of Civilizations: East and West (ARCA3605)


This unit of study introduces the student to the cultural dialogue between the ancient civilizations of the Western Mediterranean world and Near Eastern and Asian civilizations, by examining the material and literary records of ancient western Asia and neighbouring regions. Western cultural stereotypes and prejudices are investigated, as well as notions of cultural identity, assimilation, rejection, and superiority. Problems to be addressed may concern, amongst many, cultural borrowing, funerary traditions, gift-giving, tribute, plundering, arts and coinage, trade, and dress.

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2x1-hr lecture/week


1x4500wd research paper (65%), 1x1000wd course journal and literature review (25%) and class presentations equivalent to 500wds (10%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

18 senior credit points of Archaeology, including ARCA2635



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