Describe the progression from city-state to empire in the ancient Near East.
Analyze the relationship of law, society, and the individual in the ancient Near East.
Compare the role of religion in differing Near Eastern societies.
Textbooks used in this course:
EBOOK COLLECTION: Nagle, D. (2010). The ancient world: A social and cultural History (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
Readings for Week One:
EBOOK COLLECTION: Chapter 1 of The Ancient World
EBOOK COLLECTION: Chapter 2 of The Ancient World
EBOOK COLLECTION: Chapter 3 of The Ancient World
WEB LINK: MyHistoryLab: Excerpts from The Epic of Gilgamesh
WEB LINK: MyHistoryLab: The Code of Hammurabi
WEB LINK: MyHistoryLab: Hittite Law Code: excerpts from The Code of the Nesilim
WEB LINK: MyHistoryLab: An Egyptian Hymn to the Nile
please the sources above from the chapters listed above
WEB LINK: MyHistoryLab: Praise of the Scribe�s Profession
WEB LINK: MyHistoryLab:The Babylonian Chronicles: �The Fall of Nineveh Chronicle�
SUPPLEMENT: Cuneiform Sign Lists
Individual Assignment: Ancient World Worksheet: Week One
Complete the Week One part for both the matrix section and the question section on the Ancient World Worksheet, available on your student website.
Individual Assignment: Religion in the Ancient Near East
Write a 700- to 1,050-word essay contrasting the Mesopotamian understanding of the human place in the universe with the Egyptian and Old Testament view.
Include quotations from your primary readings as they apply to your argument.
Answer the following questions when writing your essay:
What explanation do the societies provide for the creation of man?
What are the differing roles of the king in each society? How does this relate to the role of the individual?
What kind of relationship do the individuals in these societies have with the local deities?
Do any of these societies, as described in your textbook, admit the individual to an afterlife?
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