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ANCIENT MYTHOLOGY I:
MESOPOTAMIA AND EGYPT (CLAA05H3F)
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO AT SCARBOROUGH
COURSE SYLLABUS
FALL TERM 2011

TIME: Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
LOCATION: AA112 The large lecture hall in the AA building
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Douglas R. Frayne
Dept. of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto
OFFICE: (At Scarborough) HW 404 At. St. George BF 407.
TAs:
Christina Geisen BF 413 (St. George) Phone 416-978-0973 e-mail: Christina Geisen@utoronto.ca
Tracey Spurriter BF 205(St. George) tlspurrier@gmail.com
Frayne OFFICE PHONE at St. George: 416-978-4769
OFFICE HOURS at Scarborough Wednesdays, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Office hourse at St. George: phone to make an appointment
EMAIL: dfrayne@chass.utoronto.ca

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt are two chief cradles of Western Civilization and their influences shape much of our everyday life even today. As the ancient pondered the world about them, they created stories, or myths, to explain what they saw, in terms that made sense to them. Even if they seem quaint or naïve to us today, studying them gives us insight into intellectual history over centuries of western thought.

This course compares a number of different themes as they appear in both ancient Egyptian and ancient Mesopotamian myths. Special attention will be paid to heir influence on Mediterranean civilizations, especially ancient Greece.

Breadth requirement: History, Philosophy & Cultural Studies Exclusion: CLAA05H3F may not be taken after or concurrently with NMC380Y

Marking Scheme CLA05

1. Attendance 5%
2. Term Test October 26, 2011 25%
3. Essay Due Nov. 23, 2010 35%
4. Final Exam in Examination Period 2010 35%

REQUIRED TEXTS

All textbooks are at the textbook store. They are also on the Scarborough reserve shelf:

1. Frayne, D. CLAA05H3F Course Pack

2. Black J.
and
Green, A. 
Gods,
Demons
and
Symbols
of
Ancient
Mesopotamia, Austin: University of Texas Press, 1992 Robarts BL2350 .I7 B57 3. Wilkinson, Richard H. The Complete Gods And Goddesses Of Ancient Egypt. New York Thames and Hudson Press, 2003. INBL2450 .G6 W45 2003

4. Dalley, Stephanie, Myths from Mesopotamia, Oxford University Press, 1989

RECOMMENDED READING:

1. Leick, G., A
Dictionary
of
Ancient
Near
Eastern
Mythology, London ; New York : Routledge, 1991. BL1060 .L44 1998 at reference desk at Scarborough library Also on line at http://books1.scholarsportal.info.myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/viewdoc.html?id=/ebooks/ebooks0/tf/2009-12-01/1/020302852X 2. Simpson, W.

Literature of ancient Egypt: an anthology of stories, instructions, stelae, autobiographies, and poetry / edited and with an introduction by William Kelly Simpson; with translations by Robert K. Ritner ... [et al.].

New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, c2003. 3rd ed.
PJ1943 .L57 1972.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete each of these requirements:

1. Lectures: Students are expected to attend all class and participate in all lecture sessions. Attendance will be part of the mark worth 5% of the total.

2. Readings: The required readings are listed in the syllabus and are an essential part of preparation for the course.

3. Essay: Students will submit one written paper by November...
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