ANTH 281
The Seeds of Divinity: Exploring Precolumbian Art & Civilization in a Museum Exhibit Spring 2019
Division II
Cross-listed ARTH 281 / ANTH 281 / REL 280
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For all ancient civilizations, the gods were a powerful force, affecting all aspects of human lives and dominating ancient art. This course will explore concepts of divinity in five civilizations in Precolumbian Central America: Aztec, Maya, Zapotec, Teotihuacan, and Nayarit. The course examines how the broad concept of divinity is materialized in everyday life. We will query how the human body is used as the prism through which concepts about humanity, the human soul and the supernatural are perceived and depicted in the art of these civilizations. This is a project based course, and each student will study one or more art objects from these five civilizations, and consider how these objects could be presented in a museum exhibit.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 12
Class#: 3071
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation; three short papers; 15-page research paper and presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: ANTH, SOC and ARTH majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTH 281 Division II ANTH 281 Division II REL 280 Division II

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