Women in the Ancient Near East
Register for this Summer 2023 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website.
This course will explore a basic question concerning women in the Ancient Near East: How can we define, on the basis of the existing literature and art, women’s position in the sociopolitical sphere beyond their traditional domestic functions (as wives, mothers, concubines, and daughters)? In other words, how did women participate in the social institutions of their time and place, and can we uncover the existence of specifically female institutions that were later forgotten or suppressed? We will read (translated) literature, including biblical texts, of and about ancient Near Eastern cultures. Summer 2023 tuition is $499.
You'll Walk Away with
- Greater familiarity with literature, including biblical texts, of and about ancient Near Eastern cultures
- An understanding of women’s position in the sociopolitical sphere of the Ancient Near East, beyond their traditional domestic functions
- Those interested in the study of history and religion
- The curious and creative