State Formation in the Ancient World
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- 24 Jul 2023
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to
- Interpret theories on the rise and fall of cultural complexity.
- Recognise the various factors that led to state formation in the ancient world.
- Relate theory to reality in a discussion of state formation in the Ancient World.
- Articulate the benefits and drawbacks of various theoretical frameworks based on archaeological and textual data.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:and
Pre-requisite: AHIX1250 and AHIX2250
- Other requirements - Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This unit examines the origin and development of the "state" in Egypt and the ancient Near East through investigation of the archaeological, historical, textual, and artistic evidence. Particular attention is given to the processes involved in the formation of the first states in Egypt and Mesopotamia, as well as secondary states elsewhere in the Near East, in particular Israel. Theoretical models for understanding what a state is and does will form the foundation upon which the actual ancient evidence is overlaid.
- Weekly research question (10%)
- Oral presentation (40%)
- Annotated Bilbliography from a list of topic choices (50%)
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