NEAREAST 295 - First Year Seminar in Near Eastern Studies
Section: 001 Age of Empires: Great Empires of the Ancient World from Egypt to Persia
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Near East Studies (NEAREAST)
Department: LSA Near Eastern Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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The empires of the ancient world were led by charismatic and powerful rulers, from Sargon of Akkad, to Ramesses the Great of Egypt and Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. They conquered, they built, they reshaped their world, and the lives of thousands or even millions of people they controlled.

This course will introduce you to the ancient empires of the Middle East, North Africa, and Mediterranean. We will learn what makes empires distinctive: political and economic systems, negotiation of identities, military conquests. We will encounter (and learn to understand) some of the great works of art, monuments, and cities of the ancient world: the temple complex at Karnak in Egypt; the wealth of the tomb of Tutankhamun; the palaces of the Assyrian kings at Nineveh; the Persian royal road.

We will also consider the experience of conquered, deported, and exiled peoples that were subjected by these ancient powers: Israelites; Kushites in Nubia; Canaanites and Arameans along the eastern Mediterranean coast.

Ultimately, we will ask ourselves: in what sense were these empires truly “great”?

Intended Audience:

First-Year Undergraduate Students

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly

NEAREAST 295 - First Year Seminar in Near Eastern Studies
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