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University of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario

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Babylon: Fact vs. Fiction

The ancient city of Babylon, now a vast archaeological site in Iraq about 100km south of Baghdad, has captured people’s imagination up to this day. Who has not heard of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Biblical Tower of Babel, or the sci-fi TV series Babylon 5? Yet, how much of that reflects the reality of ancient Babylon? This course will explore the city of Babylon through its texts and archaeology and contrast this data with the way the city has been remembered over the past two thousand years. However, the goal of the course is not only to investigate how myths about Babylon have been constructed throughout the centuries. It will also look at the shortcomings of contemporary academic research on Babylon, and how difficult it is to reconstruct humankind's distant past.

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Anonymous - 2021-07-13 04:58:19
A Spring 2021 Paul Alain Beaulieu
Originally took this course out of curiosity, but ended up loving it! The prof is super nice and made the lectures really engaging. The material itself was also quite interesting and easily memorizable. Grades consisted of very easy and quick multiple choice quizzes every once in a while, two papers on just lecture material, and an essay based final that was surprisingly fun to write (connecting the material/history to a modern day concept). Also, best of all, no textbooks/extra material that needed to be purchased. All was provided by the prof!

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