History of Mesopotamia – Part 1 (2900-2000 BC), An introduction to the political and cultural history of third millennium Mesopotamia.
In this course, you will learn about the history of the Sumerians and Akkadians. The invention of writing, government propaganda, imperialism, letters – all of these were invented in Mesopotamia during the third millennium. This is an introductory course, but I plan on expanding and editing it over time to include more topics on literature, culture, and primary sources. This course will be helpful for college students who are taking an introductory course on Mesopotamian history and need to supplement their knowledge, or just for ancient history enthusiasts. There is information here for pure beginners, as well as for those with some knowledge of the field already. I will also be actively expanding the course – I look forward to your feedback!
In the first section of a course, you will gain the necessary background knowledge needed to follow along.
In the second section, you will learn about the Early Dynastic period and the various Sumerian kings that vied for power.
In the third section, you will learn about Sargon of Akkad and his dynasty.
In the fourth section, you will learn about the Third Dynasty of Ur – the “Neo-Sumerian Empire.”