Sunday, November 15

It's Sunday. *blinks*

For the first time...


It's really Sunday. 0_o

I mean, day of rest, right? But Sundays for me since school has started have been waking up early, eating some oatmeal, going to church at nine, then coming home and trying to get some homework in - even if it's sinful. I always have a few essays/responses hanging over my head and usually I cave and work on them a bit on Sundays. But today there is little or nothing for me to do.

I'm reading.

READING. :D For PLEASURE! For the first time since summer! Does anyone else understand how light and happy I feel?

Wednesday, November 11

I Want To Cry

I got a lovely email from one of my professors today. :) My mental responses are in italics:

The final will constitute entirely of two essays. Wait, the last one had two... Below is a list of three potential essay questions for the Final. I will choose two of these Wha? How is that- and you will be required to respond to both.


1. Historians are constrained in writing history by the nature and scope of their sources. Well, duh. There is a range of sources available for writing a history of the Ancient Near East in the first two thirds of the first millennium BC (1000-333 BC). But can they be arraigned to write history? I guess so... And if so what kind? Wait. In answering your question, discuss the different arrays of sources available for at least three different regions/societies in the Ancient Near East during the first millennium. WHA? Argue what the sources permit us to say about particular events, figures, or processes in this period to substantiate your answer. Hold it, I can scarcely argue a point with sources directly in front of me! How-

2. In 701 BC, the rab-šaqe of Assyria K, what the DEVIL is that?! warned Hezekiah’s Jerusalem that leaning upon Egypt, Egypt, ‘a broken reed,’ Heh, indeed... would only bring failure. As in the second millennium, the Levant remained a geographical arena in which larger political powers from other regions acquired wealth or made contest. Lol, this sounds like a question on the last exam... but of suckier precision... Discuss the various influences that were felt in the Levant during the period from 1000-333, highlighting the actors involved, the modes of intervention employed by these actors, Ugh, that means specific names... and the nature of their conflicts. Do so within the frame of arguing whether or not these geopolitical machinations had a real effect on the local inhabitants of the Levant.

Suck suck suck.

3. The narrative of the first millennium might be considered a story of the triumph of empire. For the most part, the major empire in question (Assyria, Babylonia, Persia), Okay, already lost. was centered to the east of the area we have covered in this class. But whether by attempt to control, or by real hegemony, these empires touched most of the Near East. Discuss how these empires were able to control more land and what effects, Okay, please don't pick this question...? both direct and indirect, political, economic, and cultural, these increasingly large empires had on at least three Oh of course, this couldn't have been an easy summary of ONE complicated effect... of the various regions of the Near East.


*scans through it again*


*head-desk, desk, desk, desk, desk, desk, desk, desk, desk, desk, desk, desk, desk...*