The Ancient World (HUM 124 - UNC Asheville)/Texts

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The textual primary sources are organized by geographical region.

List of texts[edit | edit source]

Africa[edit | edit source]

North Africa[edit | edit source]

Book of the Dead - Ancient Egypt

The Teaching of Amenemope - Ancient Egypt

"The Sayings of the Great Entertainer" (Love Poetry) - Ancient Egypt

Egyptian Magical Spells

West Africa[edit | edit source]

Why The Sun and Moon Are In The Sky - Ibibio

Ifá Divination Poetry - Yoruba

East Africa[edit | edit source]

The Chameleon Finds - Yao

America[edit | edit source]

North America[edit | edit source]

"How the World Was Made" by Kathi Smith Littlejohn - Cherokee

"Corn Woman Spirit" by Freeman Owle - Cherokee

"Daughter of the Sun" by Freeman Owle - Cherokee

Nature Stories by Freeman Owle - Cherokee

The Laughing Girl - Tewa (Pueblo)

Mesoamerica[edit | edit source]

Popul Vuh

Asia[edit | edit source]

China[edit | edit source]

Confucius' Analects

Book of Songs

Dao de Ching

Han Feizi's The Five Vermin

Qin Law

Records of the Grand Historian

India[edit | edit source]

Rig Veda


Bhagavad Gita



Buddhacarita ("Life of the Buddha")

Saddharmaratnavaliya (Portraits of Buddhist women)

Iran[edit | edit source]

Cyrus Cylinder

Behistun Inscription of Darius I


Levant[edit | edit source]

Genesis 1-2 (first creation story)

Genesis 2-3 (second creation story)

Genesis - texts about covenant

Genesis 22



Song of Songs


First Maccabees


The Gospel According to Matthew

The Gospel According to Mark

The Gospel According to Luke

The Gospel According to John

Mesopotamia[edit | edit source]

The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Code of Hammurabi

Europe[edit | edit source]

Greece[edit | edit source]

Homer's Odyssey


Plato's Phaedo

Plato's Euthyphro

Plato's Apology

Aristotle's Politics

Epictetus's Enchiridion ("Handbook")

Rome[edit | edit source]

Augustus's Res Gestae