Ch 7: Ancient Assyria Overview

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Review ancient Assyrian society with these fun and informative history study resources. This convenient and self-paced chapter is perfect for anyone who needs to review ancient Assyrian history for exams, papers, homework assignments and more.

Ancient Assyria Overview - Chapter Summary

Review this comprehensive history chapter for a thorough overview of ancient Assyrian society and culture. Through a series of informative and engaging lessons, you'll examine the history and societal functions of the Assyrian Empire. Our expert instructors will walk you through daily life in ancient Assyria and contextualize the civilization's political structure, economy, religion, art and architecture. Studying this chapter can help you:

  • Summarize the history of ancient Assyrian civilization and culture
  • Recognize the major achievements and contributions of the Assyrian Empire
  • Evaluate the military strength of the Assyrian Empire and how it related to foreign empires
  • Explain several components of the Ancient Assyrian empire, including its geography, social structure, political organization, economy, trade and technologies
  • Understand the role of religion in Ancient Assyria
  • Name important gods and goddesses of the Assyrians and Babylonians
  • Describe ancient Assyrian art, architecture, writing and aspects of daily life

Each lesson comes with a short quiz to help you check your understanding of these historical facts and terms. We've also included a chapter exam to help you solidify your ancient Assyrian knowledge. The lessons can be accessed on any computer or mobile device, and you can easily navigate to specific lesson topics from your course Dashboard.

13 Lessons in Chapter 7: Ancient Assyria Overview
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Ancient Assyrians: History, Civilization & Culture

1. Ancient Assyrians: History, Civilization & Culture

Ancient Assyria was one of the first great international empires. Located in Mesopotamia, it dominated the entire Middle East for several hundred years. Learn about the civilization, culture and imperial expansion of the Ancient Assyrians in this lesson.

Assyrian Empire: Contributions & Achievements

2. Assyrian Empire: Contributions & Achievements

One generally finds the Assyrian Empire paired with gruesome descriptions of eyes being torn out and heads being chopped off. However, it is also credited with great architectural and political works that forever changed the landscape of the Middle East.

Assyrian Empire: Wars, Expansion & Foreign Relations

3. Assyrian Empire: Wars, Expansion & Foreign Relations

The Assyrian civilization existed from circa 3000 BC and extended in some form until the late 600s BC. While the empire was marked with violence and difficulty on many fronts, a great deal of artistic, cultural, and political development also took place during its existence.

Assyrian Empire: Military Strength, Feats & Decline

4. Assyrian Empire: Military Strength, Feats & Decline

The Assyrians rightfully earned their reputation as ferocious in battle, but their success was possible only because of their developments in warfare. Also, the Assyrians helped to create cultural change in Mesopotamia that is still felt today.

Ancient Assyria: Geography & Environment

5. Ancient Assyria: Geography & Environment

The ancient Assyrians came to dominate their region, but their success had a lot to do with their environment. In this lesson, we'll explore ancient Assyria and see how geography and civilization interact.

Ancient Assyria: Social Structure & Political Organization

6. Ancient Assyria: Social Structure & Political Organization

In this lesson, you'll learn about the political organization and social structures that helped make the Assyrian Empire one of the greatest empires of the ancient world.

Ancient Assyria: Economy & Trade

7. Ancient Assyria: Economy & Trade

In this lesson, you will learn about the Assyrian empire's agricultural, trading, and taxation/tributary system, as well as how they allocated resources to develop a successful economy.

Ancient Assyria: Crafts, Industry & Technology

8. Ancient Assyria: Crafts, Industry & Technology

The ancient Assyrians focused heavily on warfare and defense in everything they did, from weaponry to architecture and even artwork. Learn more about this and their innovative technology from this lesson.

Ancient Assyria: Religion, Death & Burial

9. Ancient Assyria: Religion, Death & Burial

Religion and superstitions influenced ancient Assyrian life and politics. In this lesson, we'll explore the religious role of the king, temples, funerary beliefs and more.

Assyrian & Babylonian Gods and Goddesses

10. Assyrian & Babylonian Gods and Goddesses

In this lesson, you will read about the major gods and goddesses in ancient Mesopotamian mythology, particularly from the Assyrian and Babylonian civilizations, and explore their roles in the creation epic the Enuma Elish.

Assyrian Art and Architecture

11. Assyrian Art and Architecture

This lesson explores the unique characteristics of a fierce and violent culture: the Assyrians. The Assyrians were a warrior culture living in ancient Mesopotamia who used art and architecture to display their power.

Ancient Assyrian Writing

12. Ancient Assyrian Writing

The ancient Assyrians produced many written works, ranging from royal letters and records to astrological texts, and even built the first library in the ancient Near East to store them in.

Daily Life in Ancient Assyria

13. Daily Life in Ancient Assyria

What was it like to be an ancient Assyrian? In this lesson, learn about the daily lives of ancient Assyrians, including their housing, food, work, and play.

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