Honors | Introduction to the Ancient Near East (CEUS)
U254 | 28702 | Jamsheed Choksy


MW 1:00-2:15pm

This course introduces students to ancient Near Eastern cultures.
The survey begins with early farming communities of 8000 BCE at
sites like Fayum, Jericho, «atal Huyuk, and Jarmo. It then covers
the Bronze and Iron Age kingdoms of the Sumerians, Babylonians,
Assyrians, Israelites, Egyptians, and Iranians plus 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.

Grading Scheme:
Class attendance (10% of grade)
Participation in class discussions (10% of grade).
Undergraduate students must write two 5-6 page papers (each 40% of
grade), one by mid semester and the other by the end of semester, on
topics that interest them relating to the course.
Honors College students must write a 10-12 page library-based
research paper (80% of grade) on a topic that interests them
relating to the course. Topic must be approved by professor. The
paperís thesis statement and bibliography are due by midterm.
Graduate Students must write a 12-15 page library-based research
paper (80% of grade) on a topic that interests them relating to the
course. Topic must be approved by professor. The paperís thesis
statement and bibliography are due by midterm.
Informed knowledge of materials from the lectures and readings will
be required for the discussions and papers.

Required Readings:
J. B. Pritchard, ed., The Ancient Near East, vol. 1 (Princeton,
1965, 1973).
M. Van der Mieroop, A History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000-323
BC, 2nd edition (Oxford/New York, 2007).
B. G. Trigger, et al, Ancient Egypt: A Social History,
(Cambridge/New York, 1983).
The textbooks are available at the Union and TIS bookstores.

Terms and Documents for each course topic will be posted to Oncourse
under the course numbers as pdf files.