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Ch 32: Empires & Inventions of the Ancient Near East

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Use these lessons to refresh your knowledge of ancient civilizations in the Near East, including the Egyptian, Babylonian and Persian empires. You'll also get information on the Hebrews and the development of religion.

Empires & Inventions of the Ancient Near East - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons examine several Iron Age empires. You'll learn about Mesopotamian kings and the history and politics of their region. Another lesson is devoted to the Fertile Crescent, while others cover culture in ancient Egypt and the beliefs of the Hebrews. The history of money is explored, and you'll look at the invention of writing. The development of religion is also a topic. After watching these lessons, you'll have an understanding of:

  • Art and architecture in ancient Egypt
  • The Hebrews and their religion
  • Mesopotamian kings
  • Development of writing
  • The rise of complex economies
  • Origins of religion in the Stone and Bronze ages
  • The Fertile Crescent and why it's called the Cradle of Civilization
  • The Babylonians, Hittites, Hurrians and Assyrians

These brief, entertaining lessons include multiple-choice quizzes that allow you to check your learning. You can study on a tablet, smartphone or computer as your schedule allows. If you have questions after watching a lesson, feel free to contact the instructor.

10 Lessons in Chapter 32: Empires & Inventions of the Ancient Near East
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The Hebrews and Their Beliefs

1. The Hebrews and Their Beliefs

This lesson covers the Hebrews and their beliefs. We look at the core tenets of Judaism and explore some of the stories from the Torah. Finally, we see how the Hebrews' history of oppression impacted their religion and the world today.

Ancient Egyptian Art: History and Style

2. Ancient Egyptian Art: History and Style

This lesson provides a brief look at the exquisite art of the Ancient Egyptians. Egyptian art contains images of people and deities that represent the culture in which they lived.

Ancient Egyptian Architecture: History, Characteristics & Influences

3. Ancient Egyptian Architecture: History, Characteristics & Influences

This lesson explores the architectural wonders of ancient Egypt. Some of these structures include temples, pyramids and monumental statues constructed long ago and surviving into modern times.

Iron Age Empires: Neo-Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian and Persian Empires

4. 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.

Mesopotamian Kings: History, Politics & Religion

5. Mesopotamian Kings: History, Politics & Religion

Ancient Mesopotamia was a land of chaotic weather and inner turmoil. Religion became a political weapon for fighting among the city-states. This lesson explores the link between religion and politics in the ancient land.

The Invention of Writing

6. The Invention of Writing

Writing, the original IT: This lecture covers the limitations and obstacles of aural transmission. It describes the invention of Cuneiform in the fertile crescent. Finally, it explains how writing enabled literate societies to dominate their pre-literate neighbors.

The History of Money and Rise of Complex Economies

7. The History of Money and Rise of Complex Economies

This lecture covers the development of money in response to the needs of complex economies. It begins with a discussion of gift economies. It then examines the factors that led to the growth of commodity economies. Find out how we came to use money, rather than goods, for commerce.

How Religion Developed in the Stone Age and Bronze Age

8. How Religion Developed in the Stone Age and Bronze Age

Have you ever wondered exactly how religion developed in the ancient world? Check out this lesson to see how the impact of cities, writing and invasion upon religion, the ascent of the sky father and the descent of the mother goddess contributed to the development of religion.

The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

9. 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.

Heirs of the Sumerians: Babylonians, Hittites, Hurrians and Assyrians

10. 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.

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