ACABS 291 - Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies
Section: 102 World's First Civilization
Term: SP 2008
Subject: Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS)
Department: LSA Near Eastern Studies
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This class introduces the history and archaeology of early Mesopotamia, specifically focusing on the land of Sumer, the southern half of what is now modern Iraq. Not long ago, scholars credited Sumer with producing many of the world’s “firsts,” from the first writing, to the first bureaucracy and complex economy, to the first case of academic brown-nosing. Taken together, these achievements are said establish Sumer as the first stage of a Mesopotamian civilization that would last for 3000 years. This class revisits many of these claims. After investigating the invention of writing and establishment of cities, we will discuss early Mesopotamian religion, society, and economy by looking at archaeological and textual evidence.

Requirements include attendance to all lectures, completion of short weekly assignments, and a final project/presentation.

ACABS 291 - Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies
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101 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 1:00PM
102 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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