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Superpowers of the Ancient World: the Near East

University of Liverpool via FutureLearn

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Over four weeks, this free online course explores four ancient Near-Eastern cultures and how they interacted with each other 3,500 years ago.

Tracking the Egyptian, Mitannian and Hittite superpowers

Travel, diplomacy, trade and warfare feature, as we track the ancient Egyptian, Mitannian and Hittite superpowers. We will see how they came into contact with each other in their efforts to extend their influence into the ever-contested Syria-Palestine lands.

We will examine objects from the University of Liverpool’s Garstang Museum of Archaeology - one of the most important collections of artefacts in the UK - enabling you to learn not only about the history of this period, but also how experts use artefacts to reconstruct the past.

Using the present to illuminate the past

The archaeological evidence that we will consult is often disparate and fragmentary, so in order to understand it better, we will look into current approaches to international relations and discuss modern parallels with an expert from our Department of Politics.

Accessing ancient landscapes

Our experts will familiarise you with the ancient Near-Eastern landscapes and introduce you to key objects that featured in diplomacy and warfare at this time in the distant past.

You will also consider the bigger picture, as empires prospered and floundered in the struggle to become the main superpower of the ancient Near East.

This course is for anyone interested in archaeology and ancient history. Previous study in archaeology is not necessary, as this course serves as an introduction to the study of the history of the ancient Near East. Please join our Facebook page for more information, competitions, freebies and to meet others who will be on the course

Taught by

Glenn Godenho


4.8 rating, based on 5 Class Central reviews

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  • Matt O'Rourke

    Matt O'Rourke is taking this course right now.

    Excellent! I highly recommend this to anyone interested in history or archaeology. I liked the diplomacy and modern history comparisons very much
  • Ilya Osadchiy completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Very interesting material, including rise of the superpowers, military campaigns and diplomacy between them. Also looking a little at military technology of the time and the languages.
    I didn't quite like how the material is given. There are videos and written texts, which are good each by itself but the need to switch from watching to reading every several minutes was annoying. Also I didn't like assignments "leave a comment what you think about this".
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