Unit 3: Ancient Near East
of a mummy
found in the pyramid of Unas, last pharaoh of the fifth dynasty (circa
2374-2345 bce). It is impossible to determine the exact identity
of these remains, discovered in 1880 and now in the Cairo Museum. Not all mummies look "nice." Photo
courtesy C. Wayne and Dorothy Miller.
must do in this unit
What you can do in this unit
Some videos that you can watch for this unit
Extra Credit Options
- Please read the Sample Historical
based on some excerpts from Hammurabi's code of law. The sample illustrates some of the questions
that a historian asks when reading a historical document. This is what you will be doing in this course.
- Listen to some further information about this unit
as a mp3 file. You can also read the information as
a txt file.
- Review my notes and remarks on the Ancient Hebrews and the development of the idea of ethical monotheism.
- Watch the short clip of the Gilgamesh story. Log into
Blackboard and check for it under course materials. There is also
a short explanation of the clip's setting there.
- Exploring Ancient
World Cultures is a very large website that includes very interesting resources on these ancient
societies: India, Greece, Rome,
Egypt, China, the Near East and Early Islam.
- Take the short 5-point quiz for chapter 2. Log into Blackboard and look under "Chapter Quizzes." You have five minutes to complete each quiz (multiple-choice questions).
- Write a one-page paper (maybe
two pages if they are exceptional) that provides a detailed comparison of
Gilgamesh and Genesis (You may wish to read more
of Genesis for your comparison.) for a maximum of 50 points.
25 points maximum extra credit, read Hammurabi's Code of Laws and write a paragraph explaining the social structure of Ancient Babylon.
25 points maximum extra credit, read
The Precepts of Ptah-Hotep, c. 2200 bce,
and write a paragraph explaining Ptah-Hotep's understanding of how to live one's life.
25 points maximum extra credit, read the Genesis excerpt and write a paragraph answering this question, Did Genesis describe
an ethical religion, i.e. a religion that required an individual to follow a code of moral behavior?
- For extra credit of a maximum of 10 points, answer the Genesis
- For extra credit of a maximum of 10 points,
you can submit the answers to the Gilgamesh study questions. Please write in formal, complete sentences.
- For extra credit, please suggest a
relevant website for this unit of the course. Send the title of the site, the url and a
brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to
the material being studied this unit.