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Discover the mighty kingdom of Assyria, which came to be the world’s first great empire three thousand years ago. From the 9th to the 7th centuries BC, during the imperial phase of Assyria’s long history, modern day northern Iraq was the central region of a state reaching from the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf, and incorporating what is now Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, as well as half of Israel, and wide parts of south-eastern Turkey, and Western Iran. In its geographical extent, this state was unprecedentedly large, and the distinct geography of the Middle East, with deserts and high mountain ranges, posed challenges to communication and cohesion. What were the mechanisms that kept the Empire running? This course explores the methods the Assyrian government employed to ensure unity and maintain loyalty across vast distances, using traditional as well as innovative strategies. Some of these imperial techniques have marked parallels in the ways modern multi-national corporations are operating, others will strike you as profoundly alien. This course focusses on how the Assyrians organised their empire by analysing key aspects, namely: · The CEO – the king, a religious, political and military leader, who is charged to govern by his master, the god Assur; · Home Office – the royal palace in the central region and the royal court that form the administrative centre of the state; · The Regional Managers – the governors and client-rulers to whom local power is delegated; · Human Resources – the Empire’s people are its most precious assets, its consumers and its key product, as the goal of the imperial project was to create “Assyrians”; an approach with lasting repercussions that still reverberate in the Middle East today; and finally · The Fruits of Empire – it takes a lot of effort, so what are the rewards? When we explore these topics we will contextualise them with information about the lives led by ordinary Assyrian families. Taking this course will provide you with an overview of the political, social, religious, and military history of the world’s first superpower. It will give you insight into the geography and climatic conditions of the Middle East and contribute to your understanding of the opportunities and challenges of that region. It will present you with a vision of the Middle East at a time when its political and religious structures were very different from today....

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27 janv. 2021

The variety of presentations of a vast amount of knowledge made it engaging. Dr. Radner herself was engaging! The course provided a deep look into a civilization that is a bedrock to the modern world.


15 janv. 2021

This was my first MOOC and I fully enjoyed every aspect. The knowledge level of the instructors was evident as was their commitment to their students and the varied formats were consistently engaging.

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par Korzuk A

25 janv. 2019

Very interesting course

par Gerard O R

3 mai 2021

Superb ... Many thanks

par Anna K

13 mars 2022

I​ really enjoyed it.

par Lezli R

23 oct. 2020

Very interesting

par George P

24 sept. 2020

wonderful course

par Sola A

5 mai 2020

Need I say more!

par Инна В

18 janv. 2018

Excellent course

par jorge c

16 févr. 2021

Muito Relevante

par Баклашкин В В

1 févr. 2021

Было интересно.

par Blanca C A

8 avr. 2019


par Alison G

11 oct. 2018

amazing course!

par Simone S d S

14 janv. 2018


par Samuel G

18 juin 2020

Great course!

par Anselmo C

29 mai 2021

Best course!

par Mohannad A

13 févr. 2021

Great course

par Mauricio Q

9 mai 2020


par Michael S

21 nov. 2019

Learned alot

par Jean R

4 déc. 2020


par miri m

25 janv. 2021


par Ale V

23 sept. 2020


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par mansi g

20 déc. 2018

its easy

par Julie B

13 avr. 2019


par Ajay S

26 avr. 2018

I have absolutely enjoyed this course on Ancient Assyrian Empire. The lessons were rich in content, its' presentation of a very high order. Professor Karen Radner is objective, scholarly, and cheerfully unbiased in evaluating one of the most influential civilisations in Human History. The supplementary material to the lectures and question-answer videos, had the learner wishing for more. But to anyone interested in Ancient world and its most dramatic age, I enthusiastically recommend it as a 'Must Do' course.

Ajay Sinha.