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The Cradle of Civilization? An Introduction to the Ancient Near East

ASYR 0800 S01 [CRN: 15594]

This course explores the cultures of ancient Mesopotamia and the Near East (present-day Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran) from prehistory until the end of the first millennium BC. We will investigate the rich history and archaeology of this region through literary and historical texts (in translation) and archaeological evidence, including visual culture and architecture. Central to our discussion will be questions about how and why scholars study the Middle East in this early period. Topics include: early complex societies, state formation, the origins and development of writing, ancient empires, religion, culture and ethnicity, trade, diplomacy, warfare, agriculture, and craft production.
Fall 2019
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14:30 - 15:50 Tue, Thu - from Sep 4, 2019 to Dec 21, 2019
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