30 August 2012: First Empires

Dr Andrew Jamieson amongst the University of Melbourne Classics and Archaeology collection.

Sumer, Assyria and Babylon

On 30 August 2012, Dr Andrew Jamieson gave a lecture at Melbourne Museum on the unearthing of archaeological discoveries from the world’s first Mesopotamian empires.

Share in the unearthing of archaeological discoveries from the world’s first Mesopotamian empires.

The foundations of western civilisation were established by ancient societies which developed and evolved in Mesopotamia. It was here, in a land through which the Tigris and Euphrates rivers flowed, that some of the world’s first great empires flourished.

In what is now known as north east Syria and south east Turkey, experiments were made in agriculture and irrigation, writing was invented, cities and complex society emerged and art, literature, science and mathematics developed.

This lecture will look at the Sumerian, Assyrian and Babylonian empires and the archaeological discoveries associated with these great Mesopotamian civilisations.

Speaker Biography
Dr Andrew Jamieson is a lecturer and curator of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Melbourne. His research interests include the archaeology of the ancient Near East and Egypt and he specialises in the study of ancient ceramics and archaeological artefact collections.

This lecture was proudly supported by the University of Melbourne, University Partner

Listen now to a recording of this lecture (47:13 minutes):

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