Ancient World
Course code
AIG6301.HT
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Antiikmaailm
Course title in English
Ancient World
ECTS credits
6.0
approximate amount of contact lessons
28
Teaching semester
autumn
Assessment form
Examination
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
Kersti Markus (eesti keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
Kursus käsitleb Muistse Lähis-Ida (Mesopotaamia, Egiptus, Levant, Anatoolia, Iraan), Kreeka ja Rooma ajalugu Lääne-Rooma impeeriumi languseni, vaadeldes olulisemaid allikaid, poliitilise ajaloo põhipunkte, sotsiaalseid ja riiklikke struktuure, eluolu, religiooni ja kultuuri, samuti kunstiajalugu, fokusseerudes seejuures olulisematele ja aktuaalsematele uurimisküsimustele. Põgusalt käsitletakse kursusel ka Kesk- ja Lääne-Euroopa kultuure, mis eksisteerisid paralleelselt kreeka-rooma kultuuriga (keldid, germaanlased).
Brief description of the course
The course covers the history of the civilizations of the Ancient Near East (e.g. Mesopotamia, Egypt, Levant, Anatolia and Iran), Ancient Greece and Rome until the fall of the Western Roman Empire. It discusses the principal sources, political history, social and political structures, religions and cultural achievements, art history, and highlights the main problems of scholarly interest.
Independent work
Independent work: work with web-based materials, an oral presentation of a short paper in seminar, and writing a short essay.
Learning outcomes in the course
At the end of the course the student:
- has acquired an overview of the basic phases of developmental in the Ancient history, of the principal states and cultures and of the crucial historical events;
- is familiar with the principal sources of Ancient History, according to the different cultures and history periods, and
understands the possibilities they afford as well as their limitations for the study of the Ancient history;
- is familiar with the principal terminology of the Ancient history and its cultures and has the ability to use it for
describing and analyzing the ancient states and societies;
- is able to analyze the characteristics of the main ancient states and cultures, specifying the common treats as well
as the differences, and describing comparatively the main trends of development.
Assessment methods
Assessment is based on the written examination. The essay, controlling the students’ familiarity with chosen parts of the recommended literature, is prerequisite for the examination.
Teacher
Professor Kersti Markus
Study literature
Vladimir Sazonov, Peeter Espak, Andreas Johandi, Vana-Lähis-Ida ajalugu (Tartu: TLÜ kirjastus, 2017); Aivar Kriiska, Mait Kõiv, Maailma ajalugu I. Esiaeg. Vanaaeg (Tallinn: Koolibri, 2015); Toby Wilkinson, Vana-Egiptuse tõus ja langus (Tallinn: Tänapäev, 2015); Mait Kõiv, Märt Läänemets, Linnart Mäll, Üllar Peterson, Maailma ajalugu III. Islamimaailm. Lõuna-, Ida- ja Sise-Aasia maad. Ameerika muistsed tsivilisatsioonid. Aafrika rahvad ja riigid (Tallinn: Koolibri, 2016), lk 172-195; Jean-Pierre Vernant (koost.), Vana-Kreeka inimene (Tallinn: Avita, 2001); A. Giardini (koost.), Vana-Rooma inimene (Tallinn: Avita, 2012).
Replacement literature
Freeman, C., Egypt, Greece and Rome. Civilisations of the Ancient Mediterranean (Oxford, 1996);
Van de Mieroop, M., The History of the Ancient Near East ca 3000 – 323 BC. (Blackwell, 2004);
Pomeroy, S. B., Burstein, S. M., Donlan, W., Roberts, J. T., A brief history of ancient Greece: politics, society, and culture (New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004); McKay, C. S. Ancient Rome. A Military and Political History )Cambridge UP, 2004); Sergio Donadoni (koost.), Vana-Egiptuse inimene (Tallinn: Avita, 2012); Alain Danielou, India ajalugu (Tallinn: Valgus, 2011), lk 7-128; Walter Burkert, Kreeklased ja idamaad. Homerosest maagideni (Tallinn: TLÜ Kirjastus, 2016).