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About the Course

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....

Top reviews


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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By Pradeepa M M

May 03, 2020

Amazing lecturer!! she is so detailed and this is an amazing introduction to the Assyrian Empire!

By Eduardo T

Feb 27, 2019

Interesting and well presented course. Very recommended for who is interested in the subject

By Laurence V

Feb 03, 2020

Very clear, very interesting and varied from a passionate professor. A wonderful journey !!!

By Rafael M

Mar 02, 2019

The course is great. The readings are enriching and the instructor is very knowleadgleable.

By Alex C

Jun 05, 2020

Excellent course: well presented and covered a range of topics about the Assyrian Empire.

By Sabina E N

May 13, 2020

Amazing course! I liked it VERY much, enjoyed and learned a lot! Thank you Karen!!

By Colin D

Feb 01, 2020

really enjoyed this course, gave me more of an insight to the Assyrian empire

By S. G C

Jul 10, 2020

An impressive story very well explained. The course was clear and complete.

By Luís M G d S A

Jul 09, 2020

Excellent course. The best course about the Assyrian Empire I came across.

By Roger M

Sep 13, 2018

Very enjoyable course. It was put together well and I learned a lot.

By Fred I

Jul 10, 2020

Excellent course. Well organized and well presented. Good pace -

By Marion W

Feb 19, 2020

Very in formative overview and well presented. Thank you.

By Jeffrey Z

Dec 21, 2018

Excellent course, well-designed, and easy to be understood.

By Christine B

Apr 02, 2018

Excellent course taught with humour and passion. Thank you.

By Stanley A

Jun 07, 2020

Very informative and well-made course. Thank you so much!

By György P

May 13, 2020

Useful and interesting information, clear presentation!

By Otari G

Jun 13, 2020

Absolutely fabulous! Many thanks for such opportunity.

By Jet L

May 13, 2018

Entertaining mooc about a fascinating ancient empire.

By Maritza B

Aug 06, 2020

Thank you Prof. Radner for sharing your knowledge

By David H

Mar 23, 2018

Comprehensive, coherent and very well paced.

By louis f d m p s

Mar 10, 2020

It has been a beautiful historical trip

By Ines G

Mar 01, 2018

Would love to hear more like this. :-)

By Claudette D

Oct 08, 2019

Our Professor Karen Radner is so very

By Seda S

May 29, 2018

Amazing, inspiring, well-organized!

By Maksim M

Feb 28, 2019

Very interesting and comprehensive