PAPVB_08 Economic and social structure of the ancient Near East

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
PhDr. Lukáš Pecha, PhD. (lecturer), Mgr. Inna Mateiciucová, Ph.D. (deputy)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Inna Mateiciucová, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/20, only registered: 0/20, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/20
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The aim of this lecture is to familiarize students with economy and society of ancient Near East since the formation the oldest states in this region (3000 BC) up to the end of Persian period (331 BC). The attention will be pay to Mesopotamia primarily.
Learning outcomes
After the completion of the course the student will be able to explain
- the structure of the society of particular Near Eastern states, social relations between particular social strata as well as between the citizens and the state including the function of state administrative and the role of the ruler
- the functioning of the economy and the specifics of the economic development of particular regions
  • - Sources for reconstruction of economy and society of the ancient Near East - Town and village - Ethnic and language structure - Relationship between settled and nomadic society - Family structure: nuclear and broad family, mutual relationships among members of family - Temples and their role in the economy and society - Staff of the temples - State in the ancient Near East - Position of the ruler, his functions and pillars of his power - Administrative apparatus - Rights and duties of inhabitants towards state - Law and the judiciary. The codes of law. - State of war - Production and exchange of products - Vegetable and animal production, crafts - Trade - Role of the states, temples and private persons in the economy.Workers.
    recommended literature
  • Wilcke, C., Early Ancient Near Eastern Law. A History of Its Beginnings: The Early Dynastic and Sargonic Periods. 2nd edition. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2007.
  • Sasson, Jack M. (ed.), Civilizations of the Ancient Near East. New York: Scribner, 1995.
  • Van De Mieroop, M., The Ancient Mesopotamian City. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.
  • Snell, D. C., Life in the Ancient Near East, 3100–332 B.C.E. New Haven – London: Yale University Press, 1997.
  • Postgate, J. N., Early Mesopotamia. London – New York: Routledge, 1994.
  • Klengel, H., König Hammurapi und der Alltag Babylons. Zürich: Artemis, 1991.
  • Prosecký, J. (ed..) Encyklopedie starověkého Předního východu. Praha: Libri, 1999.
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
written test
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is taught: every other week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2011, Autumn 2015, Spring 2018, Spring 2019.
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