Beyond Babylon: Ascent to Civilisation

Subject ANCW30004 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject is not offered in 2011.

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: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: 107-005 Before Babylon:Ascent to Civilisation
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Tony Sagona
Subject Overview:

This subject aims to introduce students to the ancient peoples and civilizations of Western Asia, especially Turkey (or Anatolia) and Persia. Their cultural achievements 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 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 the ancient civilizations of Anatolia and Persia
  • have developed a knowledge of archaeological methods to study processes of cultural change and interaction.

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 pass this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day; after five days, no late assessment will be accepted. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

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

A subject reader will be available

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, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Major
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology Major
Related Breadth Track(s): Archaeology
Ancient Egypt and the Near East

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