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Ancient Near East: History, 7.5 c

Course code:5AS105, Report code:06205, 50%, EFT, NML
week: 04 - 13 Semester: Spring 2020 (2020-01-20 - 2020-03-29)

This course is part of a joint section.

Course registration

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Registration is open: 2020-01-01 - 2020-01-22

Information for admitted students

The registration is open between January 22 and 1.

Information for reserves

Students who have applied late will be automatically placed on queue. You will be contacted by the department by email (from info@lingfil.uu.se) if you can be offered a place on the course. The email will be sent to the address given at the time of application. Please ensure that email address is valid.

Information for students admitted with conditions

Students who are conditionally admitted cannot web register. You need to show proof that you are eligible to the course before you can be registered. Please contact the responsible teacher (see contact information in the teacher list to the left).

Contact information

If you have any questions about registration, please contact:
Email: info@lingfil.uu.se

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To take this course you must have a student account. As an admitted you can activate your student account via www.uu.se/konto.

Course start: 2020-01-22

Course information


Registration to the course takes place in connection with the seminar, Wednesday 22 January 14:15–16:00, room 3-0012, at the Engelska parken campus. The course is taken by students on the second semester of Assyriology studies, and is also offered as a free-standing course.

Further information on the schedule is found via the link in the menu on the left in the Student Portal. The course will be offered in English during the spring semester of 2020, but should you prefer to ask questions or write your exam in Swedish, this is, of course, in order.


The main book for the course is divided in two volumes:

Kuhrt, Amelie
The Ancient Near East c. 3000-330 BC, London, Routledge, ISBN: 0-415-16762-0.

The reason for using a book written more than 20 years ago is that it offers a unique portrayal of the ancient Near East, focusing not only on Mesopotamia and the cultures of Syria and Anatolia, but also the cultures of ancient Iran, Egypt, and the different state formations in the eastern Mediterranean area. Kuhrt, furthermore, provides in-depth coverage not only of the major states and their history, but also of the economy, and of the terms for different social classes in this vast area over a long period of time. Other, more recent books, of course exist, but they tend to put too much focus on only one or a couple of the geographical areas covered by this course, or they do not match the timeframe covered by Kuhrt's book.

See you on 22 January!