Anatolia: Cradle of Civilizations

Bella Vivante
FRIDAYS 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
January 24 until April 4, 2014 (no class on March 21)
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Anatolia: Cradle of Civilizations

Spring 2014
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9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
January 24 until April 4, 2014 (no class on March 21)


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In this cultural excursion we will explore literary and artistic highlights of the diverse cultures that have flourished in the concise landmass of ancient Anatolia (modern Turkey) —Paleolithic and Neolithic habitation, Hittites, Amazons, Assyrians, Hebrew Biblical, Troy, Phrygia, Lydia, Lycia, Ionian Greeks, Roman, early Christian, Byzantine, Ottoman. Textbooks provide historical background; and art, architecture, poetry, philosophy, and other writings offer insights into the distinctive qualities that make these cultures memorable and still fascinating. The diverse values and creative expressions show the various ways human societies have addressed issues we still grapple with: gender identity, humans’ place in the world, relationship with the gods, and more. An exciting, illuminating exploration!

Required Reading: 

Stoneman, Richard. A Traveller's History of Turkey. 5th ed. N.Y: Interlink Pub. Group, 2009. ISBN: 978-1566566-209.


Additional readings will be made available on the course materials link during the semester.


Recommended Reading: 

Anatolia: Cauldron of Cultures. Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books. ISBN 0-8094-9108-7  [Please note: The Anatolia book is out of print but can be found through online, esp. used book sellers]

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Meet Your Professor

Professor Emerita
Department of Religious Studies and Classics

Honored to receive 2018’s Ted & Shirley Taubeneck Superior Teaching Award, Bella brings her enthusiastic love of Ancient Greek poetry and culture to her HSP classes: Homer’s brilliant epics, select themes in Greek drama, Ancient Anatolia, more. See this dynamic antiquity in her Daughters of Gaia: Women in the Ancient Mediterranean, translation of Euripides’s Helen in Women on the Edge: Four Plays by Euripides, or Women and Family in Ancient Greece DVD.


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