Beyond Babylon: Ascent to Civilisation

Subject ANCW30004 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 8.5 hours per week: Total time commitment 102 hours
Prerequisites: Completion of at least 12.5 points of second year ancient world studies
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: 107-005 Before Babylon:Ascent to Civilisation
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.
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Prof Antonio Sagona


Tony Sagona


Subject Overview:

This subject aims to introduce students to the archaeology and literature of Western Asia, especially Turkey (or Anatolia). The cultural achievements of peoples in this region were profoundly significant and include: the invention of various writing systems. the earliest literature. the first farmers and villages. rich and diverse mythologies. and the earliest cities and empires. On completion of the subject students should have acquired knowledge of the social, political and cultural development of ancient Western Asia from about 10,000 to 330 BC. should have an understanding of Near Eastern frame of mind through an examination of texts and archaeological remains.


Students who successfully complete this subject should...

  • possess a knowledge of the social, political and cultural development of ancient Western Asia in regions other than Syria and Mesopotamia from about 3600 to 330 B.C..
  • have developed a knowledge of archaeological methods to study processes of cultural change and interaction.
Assessment: A 2500-word essay 60% (due during the semester), and a 1500 word take-home exam 40% (due in the examination period). Hurdle requirement: students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to be pass this subject.
Prescribed Texts:

A.Sagona and P. Zimansky, Ancient Turkey (Routledge 2009)

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:
  • be skilled in critical thinking and analysis.

  • possess effective written communication skills.

  • have an understanding of social, ethical and cultural context.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Ancient World Studies
Ancient and Medieval Studies
Ancient and Medieval Studies
Ancient, Medieval && Early Modern Studies Major
Classical Studies && Archaeology Major
Classical Studies and Archaeology

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