- Environment in History: How did environmental factors play a significant role in this week’s period of study? Select and explain two different environmental aspects from the assigned videos and readings. Which was more important?
- Purpose in Life: Select one or two passages from Gilgamesh that present Mesopotamian perspectives on how best to live. Contrast this vision with that of the Tale of the Eloquent Peasant.
- The Project of Empire: In your analysis of this week’s content, which factor has priority in securing imperial power: trade, nomads, technology? Discuss two of the three. Make your case by drawing on the course content.