- Questions from a longtime lurker
- August 7th, 2007
Name or Nickname: Phinnie
Occupation: I'm currently in IT but will be graduating next year and moving on to grad school (finally!).
How did you first form an interest in ancient Mesopotamia?: I've always been intrigued by the concept of "what happened before", whether it was regarding historical geography or cultural developments. I became fascinated by aspects of Biblical history as a kid when I realized that the stuff they taught at church could be related back to actual, tangible places and before long I was completely lost to the intrigues of the ancient world. True bliss came the first time I took a history of civilizations course that actually delved into what came before Greece! Soon after, I discovered a copy of Dr. Kramer's "39 Firsts" and was hooked on Sumerology.
Which culture from ancient Mesopotamia is your personal favorite?: Most definitely Sumer, though I've an interest in just about all of them.
Can you read cuneiform?: Sadly, no. Not yet.
I'm a current undergrad who will be graduating next year with a degree in Religious Studies. I'm looking forward to grad school, but I was hoping that some of you might be able to offer some advice. You see, I'm particularly interested in attending a school that would allow a duel program to study both the current and ancient Near East, but from what I've seen online, very few seem to have any sort of rigorous course offerings to ancient studies and those that do don't seem inclined to allow a concurrent course of study.
My question to you all is, do any of you know of universities that would allow this? Likewise, if you've any recommendations to make, I'd be more than grateful to hear them.