Ch 6: Overview of the Ancient Near East

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For a quick review and overview of the ancient near East, use your favorite Internet-ready device and look at this chapter. Bone up on this social science topic by following along with our instructors as they go over definitions and important dates.

Overview of the Ancient Near East - Chapter Summary

With these video lessons, you can get a detailed recap of the history and the sociopolitical factors that affected the development of the ancient near East. As you make your way through the lessons, recall details about the different cultures of these regions, the power struggles, and the religious organizations. Watch each lesson in the chapter to go over the following topics:

  • Empires during the Iron Age
  • A comparison of monotheism and polytheism
  • The beliefs and practices of the Hebrew people
  • Characteristics of ancient Persian architecture and artwork
  • The religion, politics, and kings of Mesopotamia

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5 Lessons in Chapter 6: Overview of the Ancient Near East
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Iron Age Empires: Neo-Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian and Persian Empires

1. 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.

What's the Difference Between Polytheism and Monotheism?

2. What's the Difference Between Polytheism and Monotheism?

There have been many religions throughout human history, and each one has had a unique set of beliefs. In this lesson, we're going to look at the two main categories into which most of the world's religions fit and then compare them to each other.

The Hebrews and Their Beliefs

3. 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 Persian Art and Architecture: History & Style

4. Ancient Persian Art and Architecture: History & Style

This lesson explores the artwork of one of the most powerful and expansive empires in history: the Persian Empire. Persian artwork contained vivid imagery that recorded the success of the Persian kings in battle and their cultural tendencies.

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.

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