Anatolia: Cradle of Civilizations

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 2:00am to Friday, April 11, 2014 - 5:00am
The Dorothy Rubel Room at the Poetry Center 1508 E. Helen Street Tucson, Arizona 85721


Professor: Bella Vivante

In this cultural excursion we will explore literary and artistic highlights of the diverse cultures that have flourished in the concise landmass of ancient Anatolia (modern Turkey) —Paleolithic and Neolithic habitation, Hittites, Amazons, Assyrians, Hebrew Biblical, Troy, Phrygia, Lydia, Lycia, Ionian Greeks, Roman, early Christian, Byzantine, Ottoman. Textbooks provide historical background; and art, architecture, poetry, philosophy, and other writings offer insights into the distinctive qualities that make these cultures memorable and still fascinating. The diverse values and creative expressions show the various ways human societies have addressed issues we still grapple with: gender identity, humans’ place in the world, relationship with the gods, and more. An exciting, illuminating exploration!