Ancient Anatolia from the Hittites to King Croesus



This lecture-only module provides an introduction to the ancient cultures of Anatolia (Asia Minor/modern Turkey) and the history, archaeology and art. The diverse people of this important Mediterranean region are less well-known than their Near Eastern counterparts to the south and Greek contemporaries to the west, but equally impressive. Beginning with the Hittites and covering kingdoms from the mountains of Urartu, to Phrygia, Lydia, and the Ionian coast, we will also examine the reality behind Herodotus’ tales of legendary kings (including Midas, Croesus, and Cyrus the Great).

Lead lecturer Dr Selga Medenieks is an Australian Classicist and Research Fellow with Trinity. Her work focuses on intersections of the ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean worlds, with a special interest in the political uses of religion, religious institutions, and ritual.

Time, Date, and Place

This lecture-only module comprises of one lecture per week over one term.

Michaelmas Term (Semester 1): Lectures commence in September 2023, and will be live on Zoom (but not recorded). Check for updates at:

Hilary Term (Semester 2): Lectures commence in January 2024, and will be live on Zoom (but not recorded). Check for updates at:

Course Fees

€75 full rate, €45 concession rate.

The concession rate is available to all those retired, over 65s, and those on a government pension / payment plan and the unwaged, including second- and third-level students.


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