Women in the Ancient Near East
A growing body of fascinating research and writing has focused on the lives of women in the ancient Near East—Israel, Mesopotamia, Babylon, and Sumer. This course explores the varied ways that the position of women was defined in this area, in both domestic and sociopolitical spheres. Examine how women participated in the broad social institutions of their time, as well as in specifically female institutions that were later forgotten or suppressed. Class discussions cover women rulers, goddesses and priestesses, political power, marriage and divorce, dowries, and inheritance rights, among other topics. Prior to the first class session, enrolled students will be sent a digital PDF of text selections to be discussed.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of the varied roles of women in the ancient Near East
- Knowledge of how women participated in the social institutions of this time
- The curious and creative
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between