Continuity and Change in the Ancient Near East
Dr Eleanor Robson
40 Credits (also available for 15/30 credits)
Can also be taken in the following 20 credit options:
- HISTGA04A THE ASSYRIAN AND BABYLONIAN EMPIRES (term 1)
- HISTGA04B THE ACHAEMENID AND SELEUCID EMPIRES (term 2)
The module focuses on the period c. 800-c.100 BC, covering the Neo-Assyrian, Babylonian, Achaemenid, and Seleucid empires. The aim is to analyse shifts and continuities in political, social and intellectual life, by examining these states in their Near Eastern setting. Throughout the emphasis is on critical evaluation of a diverse corpus of evidence and assessment of relevant academic literature.
Kuhrt A., The Ancient Near East c.3000 to 330 BC (1995): chapters 9, 11, 13 Van de Mieroop M., A history of the Ancient Near East (2006, 2nd ed.): part III Kuhrt A. & Sherwin-White S., From Samarkhand to Sardis (1993) Briant P., Alexander the Great and his empire: a short introduction (2010)
Assessment is by four pieces of written work, totalling c. 10,000 words. Relevant languages: ancient - Greek, Akkadian, Old Persian, Aramaic, Egyptian, Hebrew; modern - French, German.
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