Great Mythologies of the World Course 2 - The Middle East and South Asia

Great Mythologies of the World Course 2 - The Middle East and South Asia
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12 episodes in this series

Episode 1 The World’s Oldest Myth: Gilgamesh
Start these riveting lectures at the only appropriate point: the oldest story in the world. In looking at the epic of Gilgamesh, you'll learn how this foundational Babylonian myth reflects…
Episode 2 The Babylonian Creation Story
Where did ancient Babylonians believe the world came from? What startling similarities does their account have with the Bible's? Explore these and other questions in this look at the Enuma…
Episode 3 Chaos and Order in Egypt
Perpetual violence. A destructive struggle between order and chaos. Welcome to the mythography of ancient Egypt, which includes multiple creation stories tied to different city centers; a fantastic pantheon of…
Episode 4 Horus, Osiris, and Ra
Focus on three Egyptian gods who are inextricably linked with the pharaohs. They are the murdered and resurrected Osiris, associated with nature; Horus, the sky god responsible for unifying Upper…
Episode 5 Myths of the Pharaohs
The pharaohs themselves played a vital role in Egyptian culture: maintaining cosmic order throughout the land. Investigate the lives and deaths (and possible afterlives) of several of ancient Egypt's 330…
Episode 6 The Book of Job
Examine the biblical Book of Job through a mythological lens and learn how it addresses the same basic questions of other myths. How do Job's trials and tribulations at the…
Episode 7 The Great Indian Epics
Get inside Indian culture with this lecture on its two great epics: the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Both are frame narratives that bring together hundreds of smaller stories. Both help…
Episode 8 The Bhagavad Gita
Turn now to a section of the Mahabharata known as the Bhagavad Gita. You'll peel back the layers behind the popular story of the warrior Arjuna; learn how to read…
Episode 9 Stories of the Buddha
According to Professor McClymond, it's best to understand the mythology of Buddhism as a grand anthology of short stories. With this in mind, explore the life and beliefs of the…
Episode 10 Persia’s Book of Kings
The Book of Kings is widely regarded as the national epic of the world's Persian-speaking community. Go inside this 11th-century epic poem that traces 50 generations of Persian kings and…
Episode 11 One Thousand and One Nights
Can an overwhelmingly secular text be read as mythology? Find out in this lecture on the One Thousand and One Nights, known in the West as The Arabian Nights. You'll…
Episode 12 Tales of Flood and Fire
Fire and flood are universal images, so it's not surprisingly that many myth traditions in South Asia and the Middle East include them in their stories of destruction and eventual…

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