Civilisations Of The Ancient World

Discover the archaeology of the ancient world, from Shang Dynasty China in the East, to the South American Inca in the West. This course introduces the world's great civilizations, investigating the emergence of city living, the invention and evolution of writing, the conquest and administration of vast empires, the growth of trading networks and how ancient mythologies, histories and religious beliefs continue to shape contemporary life. Using examples from Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Greece, Rome and the New World we will ask, what might the concept of 'civilization' mean for us today?

Who is this course for

Discover the archaeology of the ancient world, from Shang Dynasty China in the East, to the South American Inca in the West. This course introduces the world's great civilizations, investigating the emergence of city living, the invention and evolution of writing, the conquest and administration of vast empires, the growth of trading networks and how ancient mythologies, histories and religious beliefs continue to shape contemporary life. Using examples from Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Greece, Rome and the New World we will ask, what might the concept of 'civilization' mean for us today?

What does this course cover

Introduction to Ancient Civilizations and World Archaeology
First Cities, First Writing: Discovering Mesopotamia
The Magnificence of Ancient Egypt
Civilizations of the Indus
Civilizations of China: From the Shang to the Han Dynasty
The Ancient Aegean: Minoans and Myceneans
Archaic Greece, the Etruscans and the rise of Rome
Mesoamerica: The Maya to the Aztecs
The Andes: The Moche to the Inca
Beyond Egypt: African Civilizations
Comparing Ancient Civilizations
Visit to the British Museum
Describe the characteristics of some of the principal civilizations of the ancient world
Locate some of the principal ancient civilizations on a map
List some attributes that have been used to define 'civilization'

What will it be like

Small group tasks, informal quizzes, lectures, map making, group discussion
At the start: Start of course quiz, map making, small group work
On the course: Group discussion, small group tasks (including maps and timelines)
At the end: End of course quiz, group discussion, small group work

What else do you need to buy or do

Nothing additional is required, although pens, pencils and notepaper may be useful for class activities and if you need to make notes.
Core texts, additional reading materials and websites are identified in a handout each week.

What this course could lead to

Further studies in Archaeology, tutor to advise

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