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U320/U520  Introduction to the Ancient Near East
Jamsheed Choksy

This lecture course introduces students to ancient Near Eastern cultures. The survey begins with early farming communities of 8000 B.C., at sites like Fayum, Jericho, Çatal Huyuk, and Jarmo. It then covers the Bronze and Iron Age kingdoms of the Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Israelites, Egyptians, and Iranians, and the spread of Hellenism. Emphasis will be placed on agriculture, urbanization, state formation, dynastic history, social stratification, literacy, legal and economic issues, and religious developments. Archaeological and textual information will be utilized in conjunction with visual aids. 

No previous knowledge or course prerequisites are needed.

 Textbooks:

Undergraduate students are required to read:

J. A. J. Gowlett, Ascent to Civilization.
J. B. Pritchard, ed., The Ancient Near East, vol. 1.
J. Reade, Mesopotamia.
J. Curtis, Ancient Persia.
M. Stead, Egyptian Life.

Graduate students are required to read:

J. A. J. Gowlett, Ascent to Civilization.
J. B. Pritchard, ed., The Ancient Near East, vol. 1.
A. L. Oppenheim, Ancient Mesopotamia.
B. G. Trigger, et al., Ancient Egypt.
J. Curtis, Ancient Persia.
A. Kuhrt and S. Sherwin-White, ed., Hellenism in the East.

Days and Time:  Monday and Wednesday, 11:15-12:30.