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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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Nov 26, 2018

So Far I am Loving this Course, So much Info,\n\nI have always wanted to do a course on the Assyrian Empire.\n\nFab way of learning too, with tests at each stage rather than a mighty one at the end.


May 15, 2018

This is such an amazing course! Prof.Radner has done an excellent job at presenting topics and organizing materials. Highly recommend this course to anyone who's interested in ancient civilizations.

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por Jet L

May 13, 2018

Entertaining mooc about a fascinating ancient empire.

por Luis A C

Sep 24, 2020

The best and most interesting course i take so far

por Maritza B

Aug 06, 2020

Thank you Prof. Radner for sharing your knowledge

por David H

Mar 23, 2018

Comprehensive, coherent and very well paced.

por louis f d m p s

Mar 10, 2020

It has been a beautiful historical trip

por Ines G

Mar 01, 2018

Would love to hear more like this. :-)

por Claudette D

Oct 08, 2019

Our Professor Karen Radner is so very

por Seda S

May 29, 2018

Amazing, inspiring, well-organized!

por Maksim M

Feb 28, 2019

Very interesting and comprehensive

por francisco v r

Sep 06, 2020

Brilleant, didactic and enjoyable

por Nuzhat A

Aug 12, 2020

I am happy to take the course

por Nick d U

Jan 09, 2020

That was highly enjoyable.


May 17, 2020

A very interesting course

por Heidi E

Sep 12, 2020

Fascinating and relevant

por Joyce E G d S

Mar 27, 2020


por Ксения К

Mar 26, 2020

Very interesting course!

por Jorge P F

Sep 24, 2020

wonderful course

por Sola A

May 05, 2020

Need I say more!

por Ilanka

Jan 18, 2018

Excellent course

por Blanca A

Apr 08, 2019


por Alison G

Oct 11, 2018

amazing course!

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por Samuel G

Jun 18, 2020

Great course!

por Mauricio Q

May 10, 2020