Course: Creation and Invention: Europe and the Middle East, 2000 BCE-1450 CE

HC 231H

Professor: Vera Keller

Accounts of artists, builders, founders, and creators, both heavenly and human, situate human knowledge of and power over the world in different ways, and thus have long been the subject of controversy. We will discuss how the relationship between human, nature, and the divine was framed differently in connected cultures across North Africa, Asia, and Europe. Through a focus on ancient texts of history, poetry, religion, liturgy, philosophy, and magic, we will question how such texts and practices shaped, justified, or gave meaning to the founding of settlements, religions, and empires.