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Advanced Technical Centers Persian Empire Discussion

Advanced Technical Centers Persian Empire Discussion

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Read (1) Turner, Chapter 1.4 (pages 23-26); (2) The following selections on Blackboard:

(a) Prism of Sennacherib; (b) Jewish Bible: 2 Kings; (c) Avesta; (d) Cyrus Cylinder;

(e) Kurash Prism; (f) Jewish Bible: Ezra, Isaiah, Jeremiah

On CUNY Commons site: Lecture 6-Ancient Israel;

Lecture 7-Assyria, Babylonia and Persia

THEN, answer the following questions with a one or two sentence response to each question:

1) How did the Assyrian king Sennacherib wish to be remembered?

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2) How did the Persian king Cyrus portray himself to his subjects? How is he described in the Jewish Bible?

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3) What impact did the Persians have on the Near East? Why was their empire more successful than those of previous conquerors?

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4) What impact did the Babylonian Exile have on the Jewish faith? What new doctrines appeared? What influence, if any, did the Persian religion have on the Jewish faith?

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