A History of Mesopotamia

As ‘the land between the rivers’, Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq), formed a significant part of the Fertile Crescent. It was home to the earliest of civilizations, the Sumerians, and at various times in its history hosted the ancient world’s ‘superpowers’: the Babylonians, Hittites, Assyrians and Persians. Alexander the Great was mesmerised by its opulence. Track those great empires that called Mesopotamia ‘home’ and examine the cultural legacy they left behind.

This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling.


  • Setting the scene; the Neolithic Period; the earliest cities
  • The Sumerians
  • The Babylonians
  • The Hittites
  • The Assyrians
  • The neo-Babylonians
  • The Persians
  • Alexander the Great


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Review archaeological evidence illustrating the connection between the two rivers in Mesopotamia from the Neolithic Period to the time of Alexander the Great.
  2. Discuss historical methodology and the interpretation of historical and archaeological material.
  3. Describe a number of historical and artistic monuments.

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