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Ancient Near East: Introduction, 7.5 c

Course code:5AS103, Report code:06204, 50%, BLA, DST
week: 04 - 13 Semester: Spring 2020 (2020-01-20 - 2020-03-29)

This course is part of a joint section.

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Registration is open: 2020-01-01 - 2020-01-20

Information for admitted students

The registration is open between January 1 and 20.

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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.

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Email: info@lingfil.uu.se

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Course start: 2020-01-20

Collaboration information

Hello and welcome to Ancient Near East: Introduction!

The course begins on Monday 20 January. The material in the online course will be accessible after you have acquired a student account and after you are registered (see letter of acceptance). When the Student Portal shifts to the spring semester, you will find a link to the course portal Ping Pong with all the resources of the course in the menu on the left.

Already at this point, you can find a file for the syllabus with an overview of the lessons, with references to the literature, in the menu on the left, under the heading Document.

The course corresponds to the first part of the first semester of studies in Assyriology and is therefore intended to convey basic knowledge and skills in some important subject areas: 

  - the political, linguistic and cultural history of the ancient Near East 
  - the material culture of the region with special focus on Mesopotamia 

The course with its overview of the more significant traits in ancient Near Eastern political, linguistic, economic and cultural history, is a good foundation for comparisons with other areas or other periods in the historical development of this region. For future studies of the ancient cultures in the area, the course also offers a general chronological framework for important events which are reflected in the written sources, and which thereby exert influence on our view of history.

All of the course literature is available electronically according to instructions given on the first page of the internet course in the course portal Ping Pong. If you want to obtain printed copies of the books, they can be found on the internet and in several libraries all over Sweden. The course book is:

Van de Mieroop, Marc
A history of the ancient Near East, ca. 3000-323 B.C.
Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2007 or later.

The third and most recent edition is available as e-book through the University Library and is accessible already at this point for anyone with a student account at Uppsala University.

Another book that we use large parts of for the sake of its illustrations is

Roaf, Michael
Cultural Atlas of Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East
Oxford: Andromeda, 1996 or later. The book is no longer in print but the author has kindly made the book available for free download on the internet and you can access it by means of instructions on the first page of the course in Ping Pong.

A small number of articles and overviews will be made available in connection with the different lessons.

Again, warmly welcome to the course, Ancient Near East: Introduction!