Mesopotamian Empires

1.00 – 4.00pm Saturday 2nd March

Room 103, La Trobe University Franklin Street

Presented by Rod White

Mesopotamia, the land between the rivers, was the source of much of the fabric of modern western life, birthplace of the first cities, scene of the creation of one of the earliest forms of writing and home of the Epic of Gilgamesh—the earliest literature known to man.

This breeding ground of intellectual creativity would also witness the creation of the first empire, ruled by Sargon the Great. These first tentative steps were the prelude to a great flowering of culture and art under the Babylonian Empire, and the violent spectacle of the eruption of the Assyrians from their homeland and their establishment of an empire which would rule from Libya in the west to Afghanistan in the east.

This seminar will investigate aspects of Mesopotamian prehistory with a focus on the Akkadian, Babylonian, and Assyrian empires.

Optional Preparatory Reading:

C.W. Ceram, Gods, Graves and Scholars, 2nd. Edition (Phoenix Press, 2001) - Part III G. Leick, Mesopotamia: The Invention of the City (Penguin, 2002) - Chapters 4, 8, 9 and 10

R. Chadwick, First civilizations: ancient Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt (Equinox Publishers, 2005) - Part II

Registration Census Date: Friday 22nd February

Course Code - ME01 Cost: $105 (full)/ $95 (discount)

If this seminar has not reached the minimum number of enrolments required to run by Friday, 22nd February it will be cancelled. Please register early to avoid disappointment.