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Ancient Near East in the 1st Millennium BC: Power Politics and Lasting Legacies

Our Ancient Near East in the 1st Millennium BC short course focuses on the last two Iron Age empires of the Near East. What do we really know about Babylon and its rulers? How accurate is Herodotus’ description of Babylon? Can we reconstruct the city layout? Was there a tower of Babel? Where were the Hanging Gardens located? How great was Cyrus the Great? These and other questions will be answered as we explore the cities of Babylon, Susa and Persepolis.

The archaeological and textual evidence will be compared and contrasted to highlight problems of interpretation and to gain a better understanding of how the empires were built, what they achieved and how they impacted the western world.

This short course can be taken as a stand-alone course or it may be available as part of a Certificate of Higher Education.

15 credits at level 4

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    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

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    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
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    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

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  • How to apply

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    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Thu 03-Oct-19 6.30pm-8.30pm

Class location Central London
Class code SSHC340H4AAA

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