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Early Civilizations & The Ancient Near East - Chapter Summary
Our chapter on the Ancient Near East and early civilizations offers engaging lessons you can review at your convenience. Subjects covered here include the Persian Empire, the Babylonians and the cradle of civilization. After completing these lessons, you should be able to:
- Detail the causes and implications of the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution
- Identify and describe the Fertile Crescent
- Discuss the heirs of the Sumerians, including the Hittites, Assyrians, Hurrians and Babylonians
- Outline Ancient Egypt in the Bronze Age
- Identify the Iron Age empires of the Neo-Assyrian, Persian and Neo-Babylonian Empires
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1. Neolithic Agricultural Revolution: Causes and Implications
A long, long time ago, human beings roamed the earth looking for food. Then the agricultural revolution struck! What are the benefits of an agrarian society, and how have they shaped the way we live today?
2. The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization
Complex civilization wasn't always the norm. In this lesson, we are going to check out the origins of civilization as we know it, and see where, when, and how this new system of living first began.
3. Heirs of the Sumerians: Babylonians, Hittites, Hurrians and Assyrians
This lecture covers the history of Mesopotamia from the disintegration of the Sumerian Empire to the great Bronze Age collapse. We'll explore the destructive force of the Elamites and the Hittites as well as the imperial ambitions of the Babylonians, the Mittani and the Assyrians.
4. Ancient Egypt in the Bronze Age
This lecture first compares the natural features of the Nile valley to those of Mesopotamia, enumerating the advantages that geography offered the Egyptians. This is followed by a brief discussion of why Egyptian material culture survives while so much of Mesopotamian culture has been lost. The lecture ends with a a whirlwind tour through 3,000 years of Egyptian history broken up into traditional historical periods.
5. Iron Age Empires: Neo-Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian and Persian Empires
This lesson is a survey of the three empires that emerged after the Bronze Age collapse. Parts of the survey are viewed from the perspective of the Israelites, who found themselves the playthings of powerful empires. The lecture focuses on a few specific rulers and their impact on their empires. It also traces patterns of imperial tactics throughout this period and region.
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