Goddesses in the Ancient World
In recent decades, scholars have been examining goddesses in the ancient world (particularly those of the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome) and their influence on contemporary society. Their research has raised questions about the complexities that lie at the intersection of religion, gender, and power, as well as about the history of women representing the divine. In this course, we will examine these questions and explore the relationship between goddesses as they appear in myth and ritual and narrative accounts of women’s lives; the roles and practices of devotees (both male and female); and the ways in which women’s bodies and sexuality were construed in religions with female divinities. By the end of the class, you will have a greater understanding of female divinities and their continued influence on life and religion today.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of the role of the goddess in the ancient world
- Familiarity with the continued influence of female divinities on life and religion today
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
- The curious and creative