Over four weeks, this free online course explores four ancient Near-Eastern cultures and how they interacted with each other 3,500 years ago.
Tracking the Egyptian, Mitannian and Hittite superpowers
Travel, diplomacy, trade and warfare feature, as we track the ancient Egyptian, Mitannian and Hittite superpowers. We will see how they came into contact with each other in their efforts to extend their influence into the ever-contested Syria-Palestine lands.
We will examine objects from the University of Liverpool’s Garstang Museum of Archaeology - one of the most important collections of artifacts in the UK - enabling you to learn not only about the history of this period but also how experts use artifacts to reconstruct the past.
Using the present to illuminate the past
The archaeological evidence that we will consult is often disparate and fragmentary, so in order to understand it better, we will look into current approaches to international relations and discuss modern parallels with an expert from our Department of Politics.
Accessing ancient landscapes
Our experts will familiarise you with the ancient Near-Eastern landscapes and introduce you to key objects that featured in diplomacy and warfare at this time in the distant past.
You will also consider the bigger picture, as empires prospered and floundered in the struggle to become the main superpower of the ancient Near East.
Who is the course for?
This course is for anyone interested in archaeology and ancient history. The previous study in archaeology is not necessary, as this course serves as an introduction to the study of the history of the ancient Near East.
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Last updated February 17, 2018