Ancient monsters

Modern interpreters usually differentiate between two kinds of creatures: demons and monsters. Monsters represent the belief in unseen forces acting in the world both for the benefit and the disadvantage of humans. They are usually hybrid figures, combining both animal and human features. Some of these supernatural beings represent benevolent creatures who can ward off evil. However, there are also evil and fear-inspiring monsters existing alongside the “good” ones. This course aims to introduce some of the best-known ancient monsters in ancient Near Eastern art, religion, architecture and literature in order to explore relations between religion and the monstrous in today’s popular culture of horror.

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  • Cost: £70
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