The Ancient World (HUM 124 - UNC Asheville)

Welcome to the wiki for HUM 124 The Ancient World, a course taught in the Humanities Program at the University of North Carolina Asheville! This is a project created by faculty and students of the course and is student-driven.

Creating a New PageEdit

UNC Asheville students: You can create a new page manually or use the following input box. If you try and create a page that already exists, it will bring you to the editing window of that page.

Enter the title for the page you want to create:

Tip: If a new page is not linked on another page, it will be virtually undiscoverable!

For New ContributorsEdit

First StepsEdit

Welcome! Before you begin editing pages, make sure you work through the following steps, taking your time and asking any questions you have on the discussion tab of this page (click "Discuss" at the top, above the page title).

  1. Understand what a wiki is and what Wikiversity is. Look through the Help section as well as the Frequently Asked Questions. You can also take the guided tour (this may be a bit out of date).
  2. Look over the information on the Username page and then create your own username. This will create your own Wikiversity page in the "username" namespace, which you can access as a URL (e.g. This page is a chance for you to write a little bit about yourself. The Discuss tab of your user page will be where people will interact with you and ask you questions. Once you create your user page, add a link to it on your section's page.
    • You can use your own name for your username or any other handle. If you do not use your own name, you will want to give your own name on your User page so that your IRL peers know who you are. If you are concerned about anonymity and do not want your name shared in public, make sure you share your identity with your instructor and peers in a secure way (in person, over email, etc.).
  3. Read the Wikiversity Policies and Research Policies.
  4. You are undoubtedly familiar with Wikipedia and use it often. Check out some good articles to get an idea of the style, format, language, and parameters of the kind of pages we are creating in this project. The article on Taoism is a great example that happens to be relevant to our project. You'll want to reference these periodically as models to follow when you create and edit. Also, make sure to look through Wikiversity's guide on writing an article.
  5. Start creating! If you want to practice writing and editing wiki pages without having to edit an actual page, try the sandbox. You also have your own sandbox attached to your user page (look for link at the top)! If you read up on wiki editing, go to the Help page and use the search bar at the top. For example, try searching for "user page" or "creating links." If you can't find what you need, post on this page's Discuss page!

Creating a Page ManuallyEdit

New pages are created manually by creating a link on a page and then clicking it, or by entering in the page title as an URL in your browser. When creating a page manually, please make it a subpage that is nested within the project's main page (the page you are reading now). This is done automatically in the page maker input above. New pages should be entitled The_Ancient_World_(HUM_124_-_UNC_Asheville)/NEW PAGE NAME. A forward slash (/) separates the title of the main page from the title of the new page. Remember, if a new page is not linked on another page, it will be virtually undiscoverable!

Linking to a PageEdit

Try to create as many hyperlinks to different pages on the wiki as you can! When linking to a page, make sure to link to its full name, i.e. The_Ancient_World_(HUM_124_-_UNC_Asheville)/PAGE NAME. Linking to just PAGE NAME will redirect to the wrong page if it exists, and if it doesn't exist, may cause a user to create that page instead.

If you are using the VisualEditor, clicking the "insert link" button will allow you to search to see if the page has already been created in some form. When using the link editor, typing "/" (if you are on the "Wikiversity" option) will automatically add The_Ancient_World_(HUM_124_-_UNC_Asheville)/ to the title of the new page, making it easy to create a nested page.

In practice, you will frequently find yourself getting the idea to create a new page while reading another page. When that happens, create your new page by linking to existing or new text on the page you are reading.

Vision for the HUM 124 WikiEdit

Tablet 5 of the Epic of Gilgamesh (The Sulaymaniyah Museum, Iraq)
  1. The content of the wiki is grounded on the primary sources of HUM 124. It can also be based on themes or topics relevant to these sources and our approach to them. For this reason, the basic structure of the wiki should consist of pages for all of the primary sources.
  2. The wiki is course material that we create. Besides the primary sources and the occasional, short video lecture, there is no other course material for this class: no textbook, Powerpoint slides, notes, or study guides. You should create material that is useful for the study of the course content, springing from your study and engagement with it. Thus, it is an example of active learning.
  3. We are demonstrating our growing skills in understanding primary sources, especially how to read closely and critically, how to make comparisons with different texts, and how to find contemporary relevance in ancient sources.
  4. We are creating a resource for instructors and students of HUM 124 that will continue to be used after this semester.
  5. We are learning how to collaborate and dialogue about our beliefs.

Project ContentEdit

"You are...a jade sacrificial vessel." Confucius, Analects 5.4

User and group pagesEdit

Make sure your username is listed on the appropriate page below, linked to your user page. The name for your user page to use in links is User:USER NAME. Pages for working groups are also listed under each section.

HUM 124.012 (Fall 2020)

HUM 124.FY1 (Fall 2020)

Project newsEdit

See also: Project news

The project news page will be a central information hub. Here you will find a list of news items such as major edits and important pages added. A running list will also be kept of pages or edits that involve the use of a new wiki editing technique. Keep an eye on this so you can see examples of different ways to create content. There is also a to-do list. Use this resource to your advantage and edit freely!


See also: Texts
See also: Connections between texts

Individual pages should be created for each of the textual primary sources read in HUM 124. Once created, they should be added to the list of texts, which is organized geographically.

The page for The Odyssey is hosting a large-scale, multi-week project.

If you would like to begin writing about connections between texts, see this page first.


See also: Objects

Though written texts predominate in the course, other objects from antiquity, such as statues, monuments, and artworks, are explored and referenced as often as possible. Once created, they should be added to the list of objects.


See also: Religions

This page will be used to give information about different religions encountered throughout the texts. Please link relevant texts to the religion that is discussed in the text.


Storytelling analysis

Page draftsEdit

Drafts are useful if you want to begin creating a page, but are unsure of what the final product is going to be. It is not necessary to do so, however. If you wish to create a draft of a page, make sure that the page title includes Draft: before the page title (e.g. Draft:Cherokee Syllabary).

Cherokee Syllabary


If you aren't sure where to link a page that you want to create yet, don't let that keep you from starting it: link it here, and as the project grows and changes an appropriate place will be found for it!

The creation of dry land in ancient sources

Creation stories


Animals in creation stories


Creatures and their significance

Relationships between Ancient Texts

Project ResourcesEdit

Reference books in Ramsey Library (UNCA)

Reliable online resources

External LinksEdit