Introduction to the History of the Ancient Near East

·         Credit: 2

·         Lecturer: Dr. Yoram Cohen

·         Semester:  2

·         Tuesdays 

This course will offer a survey of the history of the ancient Near East from the birth of civilization in Egypt and Mesoptamia to the fall of the Neo-Babylonian Empire to the Persians. The lessons will discuss the beginning of writing, the urbanization of the Near East, the rise of Egypt, the Amorite dynasities of the second millennium, Canaan and Syria in the Late Bronze Age, the expansion of the Neo-Assyrian Empire and more. 

Textbook: Marc van de Mieroop, A History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000 – 323 BC, 2nd Edition (2006). Blackwell.

orAmelie Kuhrt, The Ancient Near East, c. 3000-330 BC (1997). Routeledge.