Hello everyone and welcome to Week 2 of ART F261X.

Please do the following before 11:59pm, Sunday September 11.

1. Go through the material in the following wings: Art of the Ancient Near East.

2. Respond to the discussion questions posted in the Slack channels #week2part1 and #week2part2. Remember to comment on at least two of your classmate’s responses.

Slack channel #week2part1

  • Ruling Mesopotamia: How did the rulers of different Mesopotamian cultures visually show their power and legitimize their right to rule? Additionally, how have some of these same sites and monuments been used by modern political forces?  Use examples in your response.

Slack channel #week2part2

  • The cultures of the Ancient Near East maintained a strict social hierarchy. The rules and conditions of everyday life, politics, and commerce changed based on your position in society. Discuss examples of this and how the visual record of Mesopotamia helps us understand the lives of its inhabitants.