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HUM 2220 (Hoaglen): Mesopotamian Civilizations

Bronze Background - Mesopotamian Civilizations

Overview and Directions

Module 1 focuses on early humans and the cultures of Mesopotamia, which are located in the Middle East and modern day Iraq.  It is important to study because many ideas and customs influenced Western society.  Read the articles, watch the documentaries, and let the slides on Canvas guide you as you read and learn about early humans and Mesopotamia.  Remember to learn the vocabulary listed on Canvas as well.  It is important to think about both the culture and history of Mesopotamia in conjunction with the artifacts: I want students to mainly focus on the myths and law.  Remember, what you learn about in Module 1 will translate into later Modules, as culture and history does build and evolve. 

Focus your reading on the following types of artifacts:

  • Tel Asmar Statues
  • Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Genesis and Exodus from the Hebrew Bible
  • Ziggurats

Ancient Civilizations: Mesopotamia

Mesopotamian Artifacts

 Statue of Mesopotamian King Gudea, Met Museum of Art

Statue of Mesopotamian King Gudea, Neo-Sumarian Period (ca. 2090 BCE). Metropolitan Museum of Art, CC BY 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

Enuma Elish: Epic of Gilgamesh

Scuplture of Gilgamesh Strangling a Lion, Louvre Museum

Epic of Gilgamesh: Sculpture of Gilgamesh Strangling a Lion, Louvre Museum, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Law Code of Hammurabi

Stele with the Code of Hammurabi, Louvre Museum

Hammurabi's Law Code: Stele with the Code of Hammurabi (ca. 1793-1751 BCE), Louvre Museum, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Alternative Translations and Sources (Optional)

These sources are helpful for additional research.

Additional Readings (Optional)

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