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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....



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.


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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創建者 Stanley A


Very informative and well-made course. Thank you so much!

創建者 Maria E S


This course changed my perspective about the Assyrians!

創建者 György P


Useful and interesting information, clear presentation!

創建者 Otari G


Absolutely fabulous! Many thanks for such opportunity.

創建者 Jet L


Entertaining mooc about a fascinating ancient empire.

創建者 David


Many thanks to Ms. Karen and all other participants.

創建者 William L


Very engaging and well-organized course! Thank you!

創建者 Sergio M F B


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

創建者 Luis A C


The best and most interesting course i take so far

創建者 Maritza B


Thank you Prof. Radner for sharing your knowledge

創建者 Vuslat T


It was an amazing course, thanks a lot Karen!

創建者 Sandra T


Interesting, fascinating and engaging course.

創建者 David H


Comprehensive, coherent and very well paced.

創建者 Francoise W


M​erci pour cette presentation magnifique

創建者 Judith o G


Not only very informative but also fun!

創建者 louis f d m p s


It has been a beautiful historical trip

創建者 Ines G


Would love to hear more like this. :-)

創建者 Claudette D


Our Professor Karen Radner is so very

創建者 Seda S


Amazing, inspiring, well-organized!

創建者 Maksim M


Very interesting and comprehensive

創建者 francisco v r


Brilleant, didactic and enjoyable

創建者 Jeffrey G


Excellent and engaging material.

創建者 Nuzhat A


I am happy to take the course

創建者 Andrew Y


Loved it, loved it, loved it

創建者 Nick d U


That was highly enjoyable.