Archaeology and History of the Ancient Middle East - 1st semester


a) Understand the connection between the time and space dimensions of the Oriental Ancient History and know how to analyze it both in a diachronic and synchronic perspective;
b) Learn the main and more recent historical interpretations about the Oriental Ancient History;
c) Identify and understand the main historical documents of the Oriental Ancient Civilizations;
d) Understand the political, economical, social, cultural and religious context of the Oriental Ancient History;
e) Develop oral and written abilities to expose the different historical problems related to the Ancient Civilizations, using the correct concepts;
f) Learn the right know-how about Ancient History, allowing a future specialization in the field.

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AKKERMANS, Peter, The Archaeology of Syria. From Complex Hunter-Gatherers to early Urban Societies (ca.16,000-300 BC), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2009.
POLLOCK, Susan, Ancient Mesopotamia, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1999.
LÓPEZ, Jesús e SANMARTÍN, Joaquín, Mitología y Religión del Oriente Antiguo I Egipto - Mesopotamia, Sabadell, Editorial Ausa, 1993.
ODED, Bustenay, War, peace and empire. Justifications for war in Assyrian royal inscriptions, Wiesbaden, Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag, 1992.
POSTGATE, J.N., Early Mesopotamia. Society and Economy at the dawn of History, London – New York, Routledge, 1992.
MARGUERON, Jean-Claude, Les Mesopotamiens, Paris, Armand Colin, 1991.

Teaching method

Inclass teaching

Evaluation method

Two written elements: one test and one essay. The final grade will be the average of the two elements, which have a preponderance of 50% each.

Subject matter

1. Different perspectives both of interpretation and research.
1.1 Time and space boundaries: the different historical periods
1.2 From the Orientalistic of the XIX century to the specialization in different fields of the present.
1.3 The new research objects and perspectives in the field.
2. Archaeology of Mesopotamia: origin, objects and trends of research
3. Origins of the State and its organization.
3.1 The State: from the city-state to more complex political organizations
3.2 The royal institution: its ideological legitimacy.
3.3 The political limitations of the king.
4.1 The social stratification and its models.
4.2 The social networks
4.3 The urban world vs. the nomad world
5.The Economy
5.1 Economical resources.
5.2 Economical activities
6. Religion as a structural phenomenon
6.1 The different theologies: the Sumerian legacy and the Semitic identity
6.2 The cult and the religious behaviors


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