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Course surveys myths and epics produced by ancient cultures such as the Sumarians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Egyptians, and Hebrews. The focus is on the stories, mythic structures, and literary and poetic forms of the myths as they symbolically express deep cultural values. Works studied may include the Sumarian Hymn to Inanna, The Egyptian Mysteries, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and the Kaballah.