This course will place later Judeo-Christian ideas of gender and sexuality within the context of cultures that came before those of the Bible. Key texts will be read in translation from all over the ancient Mediterranean. Discussion of these textual sources will be grounded in presentations of the visual culture of these countries as well, in particular temple art and architecture. Topics include sexuality as propaganda; the manipulation of the nonverbal language of gender in iconography; the role of sex in the ancient cult; and virginity and its association with ritual purity.
Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Egyptian 125
Rockefeller Hall Room 116
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