History 107/Classics 117: Ancient Near East and Egypt
Dr. Eric H. Cline
TR 12:45-2:00 pm
George Washington Univ.
Funger Hall 108
Spring Semester 2008
History 107/Classics 117 will examine the central issues concerning the ancient civilizations of
the Near East and Egypt from the dawn of civilization to the death of Alexander the Great in 323
Topics and issues will focus on the history and culture of the Sumerians, Babylonians,
Egyptians, Assyrians, Hittites, Canaanites, Israelites, Neo-Babylonians, Neo-Assyrians, Persians,
and Greeks in this region which encompasses the modern countries of Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran,
Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Cyprus, and Egypt.
The textbooks for the course are:
Stiebing, W.H., Jr.
Ancient Near Eastern History and Culture
The Ancient Near East, vol. 1
Princeton University Press, 1973.
The reading assignments are listed according to the dates by which they are to be completed
order for the lectures to be effective, it will be necessary for the student to keep up with the
readings and to attend all class sessions.
The lectures given by the instructor will amplify and
synthesize the material covered in the textbook.
The readings and lectures will be supplemented
by audio/visual aids when appropriate.
EXAMS AND GRADING