Dr. David Neiman takes us from the Agricultural Revolution to the Ceramic Age, and then the Bronze. This lecture outlines the rise of the earliest civilizations in the West including Sumer, Akkad, Babylonia and Phoenicia. The development of cities allows for the diversification and specialization of society and with the invention of writing, history begins.
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Hammurabi is described as an absolute ruler, but a ruler who felt at one with his people and enacted policies to improve their lives. Dr David Neiman reviews Babylonian advances in astronomy and mathematics. He also credits the Babylonians with devising some of civilization’s most basic concepts: dividing the circle into 360 degrees, the day into 24 hours and the hour into 60 minutes. To view the entire lecture on YouTube click here.
Dr. David Neiman starts his lecture on the history of Egypt with a discussion of the Nile river and how the physical geography of Egypt shaped its culture and development. Dr. Neiman analyzes ancient Egyptian sculpture, painting and architecture. Dr. Neiman tells of the Hyksos rulers of Egypt whose reign was overthrown my the Theban princes who established the 18th Dynasty that led to the Amarna Age. To view the entire lecture on YouTube click here.
Hatshepsut, a female, became one of Egypt’s most successful pharaohs. Thutmose III succeeded Hatshepsut and put his energy towards war.
Egypt became a great economic and military power. The growing power of this merchant class ignited revolutions in art and culture known as the Amarna Age.