Mesopotamia is the ancient name for the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Most people who have heard of this fascinating region associate it with the emergence of the world's first cities, the earliest writing, the first written laws, the first diplomatic relationships, and many other innovations. However, Mesopotamia was much more than a place of firsts. Its civilization was rich and long-lasting, surviving for more than 3,000 years.
This course will look at kingship, society, agriculture, trade, justice, literature, art, religion, warfare, daily life, and much more. We will encounter some extraordinary people like Sargon, who created the world's first empire; Ur-Namma, who developed the first written laws; Kirum of Mari, who was so miserable in her marriage that she threatened to jump off the roof of her husband's palace, and Sin-leqe-unnini, who wrote the world's first great story, The Epic of Gilgamesh. Join us as we explore the times and lives of the people of Ancient Mesopotamia.