Ch 5: The Bronze Age in the Near East

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Learn about the Bronze Age in the Near East. Watch our video lessons to become acquainted with the civilizations of the Near East during this era in history.

The Bronze Age in the Near East - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our instructors examine the empires, cultures and religions of the Near East during the Bronze and Iron Ages. You will also learn about metallurgy and the transition from bronze to iron. After you have watched all of the lessons in this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Discuss Egyptian achievements such as pyramids, hieroglyphics and the calendar
  • Understand Egyptian women's roles during the Bronze Age
  • Explain Egyptian social structure
  • Discuss the history of metallurgy
  • Outline the empires of the Iron Age
  • Describe the myth and history of the Cult of Mithras
  • Define the beliefs and history of Zoroastrianism

Our short video lessons offer a convenient and time-effective approach to studying the Bronze Age in the Near East. Lessons may be watched multiple times at any time or place on your laptop or mobile device. Transcripts provide a quick way to review lesson materials. Be sure to take the lesson quizzes and chapter exam to assess how well you grasped the information presented by our instructors.

8 Lessons in Chapter 5: The Bronze Age in the Near East
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Ancient Egypt in the Bronze Age

1. 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.

Egyptian Achievements: Unification, Pyramids, Hieroglyphics & Calendar

2. Egyptian Achievements: Unification, Pyramids, Hieroglyphics & Calendar

In this lesson, we will discuss some of the major achievements of ancient Egypt, including its unification by King Menes, the pyramids, hieroglyphics, and the Egyptian calendar.

Egyptian Women: Royalty, Privileges & Tradition

3. Egyptian Women: Royalty, Privileges & Tradition

In this lesson, we will study ancient Egyptian women. We will focus especially on the rights and privileges they enjoyed in the legal, economic, and social realms, and we will meet Egypt's most famous female ruler.

Egyptian Social Structure: From Slaves to Pharaoh

4. Egyptian Social Structure: From Slaves to Pharaoh

In this lesson, we will explore ancient Egypt's social structure. We'll start at the top of this great pyramid with the Pharaoh and work our way to the bottom, where we'll find peasants and slaves.

Iron vs. Bronze: History of Metallurgy

5. Iron vs. Bronze: History of Metallurgy

This lecture explores the transition from the bronze age to the iron age. The difficulties of working with iron are enumerated. The properties of iron and steel are compared to those of bronze. Finally the implications for this transition on civilization are considered.

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

6. 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.

Cult of Mithras: Myth & History

7. Cult of Mithras: Myth & History

The Cult of Mithras was a mysterious religion popular in Rome in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th centuries. This lesson explores the secretive beliefs, practices, and history of the cult and its initiates.

Zoroastrianism: Definition, Beliefs & History

8. Zoroastrianism: Definition, Beliefs & History

Major religions, like Christianity and Islam, have been popular since ancient times, but what religion was popular before these belief systems developed? This lesson explores the beliefs of Zoroastrians, one of the earliest forms of organized religion.

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