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Discover the mighty kingdom of Assyria, which came to be the world’s first great empire three thousand years ago. From the 9th to the 7th centuries BC, during the imperial phase of Assyria’s long history, modern day northern Iraq was the central region of a state reaching from the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf, and incorporating what is now Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, as well as half of Israel, and wide parts of south-eastern Turkey, and Western Iran. In its geographical extent, this state was unprecedentedly large, and the distinct geography of the Middle East, with deserts and high mountain ranges, posed challenges to communication and cohesion. What were the mechanisms that kept the Empire running? This course explores the methods the Assyrian government employed to ensure unity and maintain loyalty across vast distances, using traditional as well as innovative strategies. Some of these imperial techniques have marked parallels in the ways modern multi-national corporations are operating, others will strike you as profoundly alien. This course focusses on how the Assyrians organised their empire by analysing key aspects, namely: · The CEO – the king, a religious, political and military leader, who is charged to govern by his master, the god Assur; · Home Office – the royal palace in the central region and the royal court that form the administrative centre of the state; · The Regional Managers – the governors and client-rulers to whom local power is delegated; · Human Resources – the Empire’s people are its most precious assets, its consumers and its key product, as the goal of the imperial project was to create “Assyrians”; an approach with lasting repercussions that still reverberate in the Middle East today; and finally · The Fruits of Empire – it takes a lot of effort, so what are the rewards? When we explore these topics we will contextualise them with information about the lives led by ordinary Assyrian families. Taking this course will provide you with an overview of the political, social, religious, and military history of the world’s first superpower. It will give you insight into the geography and climatic conditions of the Middle East and contribute to your understanding of the opportunities and challenges of that region. It will present you with a vision of the Middle East at a time when its political and religious structures were very different from today....




This was my first MOOC and I fully enjoyed every aspect. The knowledge level of the instructors was evident as was their commitment to their students and the varied formats were consistently engaging.



The variety of presentations of a vast amount of knowledge made it engaging. Dr. Radner herself was engaging! The course provided a deep look into a civilization that is a bedrock to the modern world.


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by Roger M


Very enjoyable course. It was put together well and I learned a lot.

by Katharine A


Well organized, and well run course. Interesting and easy to follow.

by Robert A


What an excellent course! It makes me want to go and find out more.

by T. W t


An excellent course. Prof. Radner is an excellent lecturer.


by Nancy B


interesting, well presented, lots of details. Dr. Radner is great

by David B


An engaging and fascinating introduction to the Assyrian Empire.

by Philipp K


V​ery insightful, easy to follow and such a likeable instructor!

by Fred I


Excellent course. Well organized and well presented. Good pace -

by Cristina M


Very good course !

Organized, methodic, captivating. Thank you !

by Palvinder G


Excellent course, very interesting and fantastically delivered.

by Nicole K


I loved it. The Professor was putting the fun into learning!

by Rosemary Q


Interesting, informative, great mas and graphics. Loved it.

by Marion W


Very in formative overview and well presented. Thank you.

by Jeffery Z


Excellent course, well-designed, and easy to be understood.

by Christine B


Excellent course taught with humour and passion. Thank you.

by Alan G


Really enjoyable with mix of material and techniques used

by Stanley A


Very informative and well-made course. Thank you so much!

by Maria E S


This course changed my perspective about the Assyrians!

by György P


Useful and interesting information, clear presentation!

by Robert H C I


I​ am trying to buy the certicate. It won't allow it.

by Otari G


Absolutely fabulous! Many thanks for such opportunity.

by Jet L


Entertaining mooc about a fascinating ancient empire.

by David


Many thanks to Ms. Karen and all other participants.

by William L


Very engaging and well-organized course! Thank you!

by Sergio M F B


Culture and History, our great legacy, part of us.