MES 320 • QUEEN OF SHEBA IN HISTORY/LEGEND
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
The course will cover the biblical story of the Queen of Sheba's visit to King Solomon; a brief survey of ancient Sabean ("Sheba-an") archaeology and culture; stories about the Queen of Sheba in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions; the Queen of Sheba and Solomon as the parents of Ethiopia's first king; the Queen of Sheba in Western art, literature, music, and film.
Paper 25% Class participation 20% Midterm exam 20% Final exam 35%
The Kebra Nagast: The Queen of Sheba and Her Only Son Menyelek; Demonizing the Queen of Sheba: Boundaries of Gender and Culture in Post-biblical Judaism and Medieval Islam; Queen of Sheba: Treasures from Ancient Yemen