Jun 02, 2020  
2018-2019 Caspersen School of Graduate Studies 
    
2018-2019 Caspersen School of Graduate Studies [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ARCR 814 - The Lore of War and Peace

3 credits
All societies have conflict and all societies have mechanisms for resolving conflict, including individuals that serve in the vital role of peacemaker.  In many cases, the instruments of conflict resolution are embedded in parables, fables and myth.  This course explores folklore, religious texts, drama and literature through time and across the world in order to understand cultural expressions about conflict and warfare and the various responses to it.  Discussion will focus in particular on the role played by peacemakers and mediators in these narratives, examining what is both common and unique to various traditions over time.  Readings will include ancient texts from Genesis, the Iliad, Persians, and Bhagavad Gita, along with folklore and oral traditions from around the world.



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