2S05 Ancient Mesopotamia: Life in the Cradle of Civilization

Tutor/Facilitator Jim Pribble

Date: on/from Tue 8 Jun 2021 to Tue 6 Jul 2021
Frequency: Weekly
Class time: 9:30-11:30

Delivered ZOOM

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This course traces the history of Mesopotamia, now known as Iraq, from early settlement some 12,000 years ago to the 6th century BCE. The lecturer, Dr Amanda Podany, from California State Polytechnic University, will take us on a journey encompassing religion, kingship, society, agriculture, trade, justice, literature art, warfare, daily life and much more. We will meet kings like Sargon who created the world’s first empire, Ur-Namma who developed the first written laws and Tushratta who maintained correspondence with the pharaohs of Egypt. We will also meet authors like Sin-leqe-unnini who wrote the epic of Gilgamesh.

We will finish the course in the gap between Term 2 and Term 3.

NOTE: Two videos will be presented each session, with a short break between them.

TUTOR: Jim has a Masters’ degree in Biology/Ecology and Radiation Biology from Oregon State. He has presented a number of courses at U3APP over the past couple of years, including investigations of the Maya, Aztec, North American First Nations people, Cultures of Pre-Columbian South America, Ancient Egypt and others. He is a member of the U3APP Committee of Management and a member of the COVID-19 Working Group.