Assyriology comprises a comprehensive study of the ancient cultures in the Near East who used cuneiform writing. The core of the subject is made up of the Sumerian, Babylonian, and Assyrian cultures, who played a dominant part during the time period 3200–600 BC. Hundreds of thousands of preserved clay tablets make these the best documented of the ancient cultures. The subject consists of two main parts: partly a philological and linguistic study of Akkadian (Assyrian-Babylonian) and Sumerian cuneiform texts from different periods and of various genres; partly a study of Near Eastern archaeology, ancient history, cultural history and history of religion.
The subject provides historical and linguistic perspectives, partly illuminated by interdisciplinary methods, and can be used as a complimentary science in studies of, e.g. other linguistic, historical, and cultural subjects.
The introductory course Ancient Near East: Introduction, provides the same basic knowledge about Near Eastern archaeology, ancient history, cultural history and history of religion as the initial part of Assyriology A. The advanced orientations Ancient Near East: History, Archaeology and Art, and Religion, broaden and deepen the knowledge.
Courses at the Master's level are found under Semitic Languages.
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