Ancient Civilisations: The Mediterranean and Near East (ARC1060)

StaffDr Robert Morkot - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level4
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module will provide you with a general background to the main periods, themes and issues in the historical archaeology of the Mediterranean region from the beginning of the Bronze Age to the rise of Christianity and Islam. The geographical emphasis is southern Europe, north Africa and the Near East, although extending to Iran, north-east Africa and more northern Europe.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Assimilate a basic understanding of the chronology of archaeological periods and the main themes and issues in archaeology from the Bronze Age to the late Roman Empire.
  • 2. Become familiar with some key archaeological sites and finds.
  • 3. Understand how archaeology relates to the historical record.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Assimilate a basic understanding of the chronology of historic archaeological periods, and the main themes and issues within them, using introductory texts and key reading
  • 5. Develop knowledge of some key archaeological sites and finds.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Research a topic using a reading list and assimilate data from given sources.
  • 7. Develop basic academic and library skills and learn how to reference in Harvard style
  • 8. Contribute to group work and class discussions
  • 9. Meet deadlines, manage own time.

Syllabus plan

  • Introduction to the Near East and Mediterranean worlds
  • The Early Bronze Age: Sumer, early Egypt
  • The Middle Bronze Age: Babylon, Crete, Egypt, Kush
  • The Late Bronze Age: Egypt, the Hittites, Minoan Crete, Mycenae
  • Collapse of the Late Bronze Age empires and rise of Assyria
  • The Iron Age and the Persian Empire
  • The Greek and Hellenistic worlds
  • The Roman army and conquest
  • Understanding local cultures within one empire
  • Roman urbanism and Roman countryside
  • Religion in the Roman world
  • Christianisation and Islamisation: prelude to the medieval and modern worlds

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning activity2211 x 2 hour classes
Scheduled learning activity0.25Tutorial (15 minutes)
Guided Independant Study127.75Guided independent study, including reading, research and preparation for classes and assignments

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Discussion in class15 minutes1-7Verbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Poster 1501500 words to incl. map, timeline, plan, information1-9written
Poster 2501500 words to incl. timeline relating to specific phase1-9written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Poster 1Essay 1500 words1-9Refer/Defer period
Poster 2Essay 1500 words1-9Refer/Defer period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Cornell, T. and J. Matthews, 1982, Atlas of the Roman World. Oxford.

Levi, P., 1980, Atlas of the Greek World, Oxford.

Manley, B., 1996, The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt. London.

Mee, C., Greek Archaeology. A Thematic Approach. 2011. Wiley-Blackwell.

Morkot, R.G., 1996, The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece. London.

Rhodes, P.J., 2008, A History of the Classical Greek World, 478-323 B.C., Oxford, Blackwell.

Roaf, M., 1990, Cultural Atlas of Mesopotamia.Checkmark/Facts on File.

Snell, D.C., Ancient Near East: the basics. Routledge, 2013.

Shipley, G., 2002, The Greek World after Alexander 323-30 BC, London.

Van de Mieroop, M., 2003, A History of the Ancient Near East, c. 3000-323 BC. Oxford: Blackwell

Woolf, G. (ed.), The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Roman World. Cambridge.

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Archaeology, Ancient History, Mediterranean, Near East, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Phoenicians