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Introduction to the Ancient Near East
Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-2:20 pm. in Rhode Island Hall 008 (60 George Street- On the Main Green)
A course with Ömür Harmanşah
Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies
Ömür's Office Hours: Wednesday 10-12 am. and Thursday 3-5 pm (By appointment)
Office: The new and gorgeous Rhode Island Hall Room 102.
Frequently Asked Questions (and their answers)
Where is Babylon? Where did the first cities of our old world emerge, the earliest writing on clay tablets was found? Whose stories were told in the epic of Gilgamesh? Who were buried with impressive objects of gold and lapis lazuli in the Royal Tombs of Ur? Where did the idea of building ziggurats come from, and who planted the Hanging Gardens of Babylon? In this course we will explore the cultures of ancient Mesopotamia and the Near East, mainly covering the modern day territories of Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran. Reading literary and historical texts, working with archaeological evidence, inspecting data from environmental and climate research, and exploring visual and architectural cultures of Western Asia, we will investigate the rich history of this region.
This course offers an introduction to the study of the political, social and cultural history of the Ancient Near East, from prehistory to the end of the Iron age (ca. 330 BC). Both literary sources and archaeological evidence are examined as relevant. Near East is understood here in its widest geographic extent, including primarily the Mesopotamian lowlands, Iranian and Syro-Anatolian highlands, as well as the Levantine coast. The course not only offers a foundational survey of the historical developments in the region, but also addresses the broader methodological and historiographic problems involved in Near Eastern studies. State formation and the development of complex societies, cult practices and cuneiform literary traditions, art, architecture and material culture, issues of landscape and settlement systems, agricultural production, regional and interregional trade, and craft production will constitute the central issues in the course.
Books ordered at Brown Bookstore
I'd go get these right away:
Really cool books if you are serious about it:
Note: A copy of each of these books are also on reserve at the Rock (circulation desk).
Due: Monday Oct 19th, by 5 pm hard copy to Omur's mailbox at Joukowsky Institute.