Teaching Gilgamesh: The Historical Context of Obliteration
"Teaching Gilgamesh: The Historical Context of Obliteration" summarizes the experience of designing and teaching the Epic of Gilgamesh as a small research course for advanced undergraduate students.
||Gilgamesh, Epic, Obliteration, Teaching, Memory
The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp.65-72.
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The ancient world first enchanted me as a child, when my parents and I moved from Indiana to join my extended family in Egypt for three years. It was a privilege to live there during the leadership of President Gamal Abdel Nasser, and a privilege to live where ancient history is part of the everyday landscape. During the summers, we escaped the Cairo heat by traveling to Greece, where the remains of that ancient past are also ubiquitous. Since then, I have maintained a passion for the ancient world and acquired another, disability studies. I became interested in disability issues and disability rights when I was doing my undergraduate work in history at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. When it came time to choose a topic for my Ph.D. dissertation--which I also completed at Minnesota--disability in the ancient Greek world seemed a natural choice. I continue to combine my interests by researching material on disability and the ancient world; for example, my book, _The Staff of Oedipus: Transforming Disability in Ancient Greece_, was published in 2003 by the University of Michigan Press. I spent the 2003-4 academic year in Germany as a Mary E. Switzer Distinguished Fellow, investigating intellectual disability in ancient Greece, and traveling to countries such as Jordan, where I fulfilled a lifelong dream of bathing in the Dead Sea.
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