MIDEAST 337 - Ancient Mesopotamia: History and Culture
Winter 2023, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Middle East Studies (MIDEAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/4/23 - 4/18/23 (see other Sections below)
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An exploration of the cultural and political history of ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq and Syria), from the beginning of cuneiform writing until the end of cuneiform culture. This class will focus on significant individuals and moments that contribute to our understanding of the past. Students will have the opportunity to question how we know and interpret history, interact with various translated sources, and debate alternative solutions to historical questions. We will give special attention to:

  • Intellectual achievements and the history of science
  • Marginalized peoples and cultures (including slaves, women, and nomadic groups)
  • Social and ethnic identities
  • Structures of power
  • Law, economics, and bureaucracy
  • Influence and legacy of ancient Mesopotamia.

Course Requirements:

Short-answer midterm (15%), final essay exam (20%); literature report (5%), 2 short papers (10% each), term paper (40%)

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates who are interested in the "half of history" that took place before the rise of Classical civilization


MIDEAST 337 - Ancient Mesopotamia: History and Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
1/4/23 - 4/18/23

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