In this course we will explore the Mesopotamian civilization from its emergence in the third millennium B.C.E. until its disappearance in first century C.E. Various aspects of this civilization will be discussed; among others: History and historical writing, Economy from barley and silver to money and banks, writing systems (cuneiform, Aramaic alphabet and Greek alphabet), Literature from lists to myths and epics, religion in the land of the 2000 gods, Law and Law codes, Science (the birth of Mathematics, Astronomy and Astrology), War form conscripts to mercenaries. This course will examine the reasons for the stability of this civilization over three millennia, the reasons for its disappearance in the Roman period and the reasons for its almost nonexistent impact on our own western civilization.
Unless preregistered students attend the first class meeting or communicate directly with the instructor prior to the first class, they will be dropped from the class list. NOTE: Students must still submit a completed Drop/Add form to the Registrar's Office.
COURSE FORMAT: Seminar
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST Grading Mode: Graded
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