WEEK 2: Ancient Near East

Complete readings and video viewing assignments BEFORE class


  1. Dr. Senta German, “Ancient Near East: Cradle of civilization,” in Smarthistory, August 8, 2015, retrieved from https://smarthistory.org/ancient-near-east-cradle-of-civilization/.
  2. Dr. Senta German, “Sumer, an introduction,” in Smarthistory, June 8, 2018, retrieved from https://smarthistory.org/sumerian-art-an-introduction/.
  3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Cylinder seal with a modern impression,” in Smarthistory, December 21, retrieved from https://smarthistory.org/cylinder-seal-and-modern-impression/.

Thursday 2/7:


  • Formal Writing Assignment #1 DUE today


  1. Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker, “Victory Stele of Naram-Sin” in Smarthistory, November 24, 2015, retrieved from https://smarthistory.org/victory-stele-of-naram-sin/.
  2. Dr. Senta German, “Law Code Stele of King Hammurabi,” in Smarthistory, August 8, 2015, retrieved from https://smarthistory.org/hammurabi/.
  3. Dr. Senta German, “Ziggurat of Ur,” in Smarthistory, August 8, 2015, retrieved from https://smarthistory.org/ziggurat-of-ur/.


  • Worksheet on Pre-History and the Ancient Near East