History and Culture of the Ancient Near East


Course Objective

The course aims to give you a thorough overview of Ancient Near Eastern
(in particular, but not exclusively Mesopotamian) history.

Course Content

You will learn the most important historical periods from the Neolithic
period (ca. 10.000 BC) down to the death of Alexander the Great (323
BC). In the historical part we will focus on the political organization
and the inner and outer conflicts that states had to face. Furthermore,
you will learn about the ancient culture of the Near East: the
organization of temples and their cult, the palaces and their personnel,
family life, profession and class, women and their position in society,
as well as the economic structures and trade.

Teaching Methods

Lectures with the possibility for questions

Method of Assessment

Written exam

Entry Requirements



M. Van de Mieroop, 2016: A History of the Ancient Near East (3rd
edition), Wiley Blackwell

Target Audience

ACASA students and other interested students

Additional Information

Attendance is compulsory

General Information

Course Code L_AABAOHW202
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. R. de Boer
Examiner dr. R. de Boer
Teaching Staff dr. R. de Boer

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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