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History of Mesopotamia – Part 1 (2900-2000 BC)


Introductory Lectures/Materials :
Chronology
Terminology
Geography

Early Dynastic Period (2900-2350 BC) :
On the Threshold of History: The Uruk Period and the Invention of Writing
Reconstructing Political History: The Sumerian King List
Names to Know: Early Dynastic Period
The Primacy of Kish: Myth or Reality?
Kings of Kish: Not Always Native Kishites
Warring States: Umma and Lagash
Primary Source Analysis: The Vulture Stele
Primary Source Analysis: Urukagina's Reforms
The Birth of Imperialism: Lugalzagesi
Primary Source Analysis: Lugalzagesi, King of the Land
Primary Source Analysis: The Lament for Lagash
Final Thoughts on the Early Dynastic Period
Early Dynastic Period Quiz
5 questions
Understanding Royal Inscriptions 1
1 question

The Sargonic Period (2350-2250 BC) :
A Short-Lived Peace: The Invasion of Sargon of Akkad
Sargon's Sons: Rimush and Manishtushu
The King is Divine: Naram-Sin and the Great Revolt
The King of Kings: Shar-kali-sharri
The Aftermath
Final Thoughts on the Sargonic Period
Sargonic Period Quiz
5 questions
Understanding Royal Inscriptions 2
1 question

The Third Dynasty of Ur (2100-2000 BC) :
A New Hope: The South Rises Again
Primary Source Analysis: Utu-hegal Defeats the Gutians
The World's First Nerd: Shulgi
Build that Wall, Dig a Hole: Ibbi-Sin and the Fall of Ur
Primary Source Analysis: The Lament for Ur
Final Thoughts on the Ur III Period
Ur III Quiz
5 questions
Understanding Royal Inscriptions 3
2 questions

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