Social Development and Rise of Eastern Mediterranean Civilisations
Code: 86939
ECTS: 4.0
Lecturers in charge:
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In agreement with the students enrolled in the course, the lecturer will provide as many teaching elements in English as possible, or in both English and Croatian for mixed groups (i.e., bilingual teaching materials and bilingual exams). Level 2 also includes additional individual consultations with foreign students (as in Level 1) for the teaching elements which will be held in Croatian.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Course description
Course objective is to introduce students with the earliest achievements of the people that settled the area of the eastern Mediterranean from the early Paleolithic to the end of the Iron Age.

e-learning level 1
english level 2

After finishing the programme student will be able to define historical processes typical for certain historical period; describe historical processes; explain cause and effect relations of historical events and processes; construct a historical context; compare historical processes of different periods; interpret historical sources; appraise the value of historiographic interpretations.

Learning Outcomes
1. define historical processes that have marked the Levant area from prehistory, through paleolithic, mesolithic, neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age.
2. explain causal relationships in the covered period.
3. name the most important sources that describe the emergence of the civilisations in the eastern Mediterranean.
4. describe course of events in the covered period with the emphasis on the events from 2nd and 1st millenium B. C.
5. name the most important cities that have marked the rise of civilisation in the eastern Mediterranean in the covered period.
6. combine historical processes from different periods.
7. compare historical processes considering different social and political environment.

Week plan
1. Introduction to the course; Short introduction to sources and chronology;
2. Terminology overview (culture, civilisation, society); Discussion;
3. Paleolithic and neolithic in the Levant; Ghassul and Natufian culture; Discussion;
4. Egypt in the predyinastic period; Neolithic revoultion in Nubia; Discussion;
5. Paleolithic and Neolithic in Anatolia; Discussion;
6. Bronze Age, the urbanization processes in Anatolia, Syria and southern Levant;
7. Bronze Age in eastern Mediterranean; The architecture of palaces, Crete thalasocracy; Development of the writing systems (Crete hieroglyphics, Linear A and Linear B); Discussion;
8. Cycladic culture and art; Bronze Age in Anatolia; Discussion;
9. Bronze Age Syria; Amorites and the writings from Ebla; Discussion;
10. The collapse of Late Bronze Age in eastern Mediterranean; Discussion;
11. Archaic period in Greece; Phoenicians; Discussion;
12. Iron Age in Anatolia; Discussion;
13. The role and the importance of trade (Via Maris and The King(s Highway); Discussion;
14. Assyrian domination in eastern Mediterranean; Discussion;
15. Conclusion Guest lecture Exhibition.

Student activity will be monitored throughout the entire semester. Attendence is mandatory. Students must write a seminar and present it during lectures. The final exam is oral.
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