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Title: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE ASSYRIAN EMPIRE: Cities, Landscapes and Material Culture
Description: Ritual, war and conquest! This is our modern image of the Assyrian Empire, one of the most powerful territorial states of the ancient world. Assyrians are famous for building capital cities and cultivating landscapes, palaces and temples, the elaborate structure of state bureaucracy, military expeditions, mass deportations and sumptuous cult festivals, the rich corpus of commemorative inscriptions and libraries of literary texts and official documents. This course investigates the history and archaeology of Assyria in the Near Eastern political landscape from small trading center of Ashur in the second millennium BC to the collapse of the Neo-Assyrian Empire in the 7th c. BC. Using evidence from archaeological excavations and regional surveys, textual documents and data from environmental studies, we will explore this important episode of Near Eastern history from the perspectives of material culture, space, place and landscape, cult practices and state ideology.
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Name: Omur Harmansah
Online Course: No
Affiliation: Brown University
Field: Archaeology,Cultural
Material Type: Syllabus
Course Level: Advanced
Student Type: Graduate
Class Size: Up to 20
Geography: Middle East

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