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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

Jan 15, 2021

This was my first MOOC and I fully enjoyed every aspect. The knowledge level of the instructors was evident as was their commitment to their students and the varied formats were consistently engaging.

Jan 27, 2021

The variety of presentations of a vast amount of knowledge made it engaging. Dr. Radner herself was engaging! The course provided a deep look into a civilization that is a bedrock to the modern world.

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By Palvinder G

Sep 5, 2020

Excellent course, very interesting and fantastically delivered.

By Marion W

Feb 19, 2020

Very in formative overview and well presented. Thank you.

By Jeffrey Z

Dec 20, 2018

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

By Christine B

Apr 2, 2018

Excellent course taught with humour and passion. Thank you.

By Alan G

Sep 21, 2020

Really enjoyable with mix of material and techniques used

By Stanley A

Jun 7, 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 Sergio M F B

Jan 11, 2021

Culture and History, our great legacy, part of us.

By Luis A C

Sep 24, 2020

The best and most interesting course i take so far

By Maritza B

Aug 5, 2020

Thank you Prof. Radner for sharing your knowledge

By Sandra T

Jan 13, 2021

Interesting, fascinating and engaging course.

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 1, 2018

Would love to hear more like this. :-)

By Claudette D

Oct 8, 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

By francisco v r

Sep 6, 2020

Brilleant, didactic and enjoyable

By Nuzhat A

Aug 12, 2020

I am happy to take the course

By Nick d U

Jan 8, 2020

That was highly enjoyable.


May 17, 2020

A very interesting course

By Heidi E

Sep 12, 2020

Fascinating and relevant

By Joyce E G d S

Mar 27, 2020