The Origins of Things: Cross-cultural Perspectives on Early Human Worlds

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Course Title

The Origins of Things: Cross-cultural Perspectives on Early Human Worlds

Author(s)

Rojas Silva, Felipe A.

Institution Where Taught

Brown University

Year Course Taught

2018

Semester or Date Taught

Fall

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https://cab.brown.edu/

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Course Number

ARCH 1837

Course Description

Were the first architects in the Orkneys subterranean-dwelling dwarves? What did Greek and Roman intellectuals have in mind when they spoke of ages of gold, silver, and bronze? Why did pots and brooms revolt against their owners in the ancient Americas? Accounts of bygone times have existed for millennia offering insightful, perplexing, and often astonishing glimpses into early human experience. Using a combination of literary, visual, and archaeological evidence from around the world, students will explore the epistemological challenges and ethical dilemmas that people have confronted when imagining life in the remote past.

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