Ancient Near East: History, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2022/2023

  • Spring 2023, 50%, Campus

    Start date: 27 March 2023

    End date: 4 June 2023

    Application deadline: 17 October 2022

    Application code: UU-06206 Application

    Language of instruction: The course will be taught in English, if needed

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 165 credits)

    Registration: 13 March 2023 – 26 March 2023

Entry requirements: Ancient Near East: Introduction, or the equivalent


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 11,250

Tuition fee, total: SEK 11,250

About the course

This course builds on the broad knowledge you have already acquired through the course on the Ancient Near East: Introduction. Its starting point is in late prehistory when writing systems were developed in the region.

The structure is mainly chronological. We look at changes in the composition of the population, migration patterns and constant shifts in the balance of power between major state formations in the region. The main features of historical developments over the course of 3000 years covered by the course, are documented with the help of clay tablets, private and official inscriptions with cuneiform from public or private archives and central places. Views to the north, west and east give you a better understanding of some of the changes that take place over time, both in terms of local features and more regionally influenced conditions.

Against this background, you will gain a far better understanding of how the ancient cultures of the Near East were connected through mutual exchange of a peaceful or less peaceful kind, up to the time a few hundred years before the turn of our era, when the region was subjugated to empires from outside.

More information


Department of Linguistics and Philology

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Box 635, 751 26 UPPSALA

Telephone: 018-471 2252


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