The Ancient World

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The Ancient World
Humanities Course
Course CodeANCT
Year Opened1995*
Sites OfferedGIL, NYC
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Course Description

From the CTY Course Catalog:

Between 2000 BCE and 300 CE, cultures with lasting impact flourished all around the world. In this course, you will learn about the daily life, social structures, governments, economies, and religions of these cultures, and consider how traces of them live on today. You and your classmates will read historical accounts of ancient societies and explore myths, legends, and arts. You will examine which mummified animals have been found in pharaohs' tombs; discern ancient Egyptians' beliefs about the world and the afterlife; analyze the meaning of dragon images on the garments of Chinese emperors and generals; and consider how Indian oral traditions reflected in the 2,000-year-old epic poem Ramayana shaped the politics, religion, and art of modern South Asia. In addition to group work, you’ll choose a topic to research on your own. Ultimately you will build your critical thinking and research skills while learning to appreciate the richness and diversity of ancient cultures.