Professor Amanda H. Podany, Ph.D.

Professor Amanda H. Podany
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • University of California, Los Angeles
The contemporary world shares a great deal with the Mesopotamians. And this is because they created many institutions that still exist today.

Amanda H. Podany is a Professor of History at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she has taught since 1990. She earned her M.A. in the Archaeology of Ancient Western Asia from the University of London and her Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern History from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Professor Podany’s research specialties include the Hana kingdom in present-day Syria as well as legal practices and international relations in the ancient Near East. Currently she is working on a study of the relationships between kings and their subjects in the Late Bronze Age. In 2013, she received a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Her books include The Ancient Near East: A Very Short Introduction, The Land of Hana: Kings, Chronology, and Scribal Tradition, and the award-winning Brotherhood of Kings: How International Relations Shaped the Ancient Near East. Her efforts in providing professional development for teachers have earned her a certificate of recognition from the California Department of Education.

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  1. Ancient Mesopotamia: Life in the Cradle of Civilization

    Ancient Mesopotamia: Life in the Cradle of Civilization

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    Explore Mesopotamia, a civilization that flourished for more than 3,000 years. Mesopotamians built the first complex urban societies; developed writing, literature, and law; and united vast regions through warfare and diplomacy. However, much still remains to be discovered about this fascinating place. In Ancient Mesopotamia: Life in the Cradle of Civilization, you’ll witness a whole new world opening before your...
  2. (Set) Ancient Mesopotamia & Turning Points in Middle Eastern History Set on sale

    (Set) Ancient Mesopotamia & Turning Points in Middle Eastern History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $378.00 Starting at $106.90 $654.90 $106.90$654.90
    Examine two areas of history that are often overlooked in traditional history courses with this two-course set. Start by diving into the unchartered waters of the Near East with Ancient Mesopotamia: Life in the Cradle of Civilization. Then, take a penetrating look at the fascinating and thoroughly remarkable past the Middle East with Turning Points in Middle Eastern History.
  3. (Set) Ancient Mesopotamia & Archaeology Set

    (Set) Ancient Mesopotamia & Archaeology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Explore the ancient past through a variety of lens with this two-course set. Start by diving into the undeniable legacy that the Mesopotamians left the world, from the invention of writing to the creation of urban societies to legal systems with Ancient Mesopotamia: Life in the Cradle of Civilization. Then, dig into the wonderful world of archaeology as you journey through 20 of the most significant and enthralling...
  4. (Set) Ancient Mesopotamia & The Persian Empire Set

    (Set) Ancient Mesopotamia & The Persian Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Explore two areas of the world that are often overlooked in traditional history courses with this two-course set. Start by diving into the unchartered waters of the Near East with Ancient Mesopotamia: Life in the Cradle of Civilization. Then, see one of the greatest empires in the ancient world from a fresh new perspective: its own, with The Persian Empire.
  5. (Set) Ancient Mesopotamia & The Big History of Civilizations Set

    (Set) Ancient Mesopotamia & The Big History of Civilizations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Take a cutting edge historical approach to ancient history with this two-course set. Start by meeting Ancient Mesopotamia through recently recovered documents and new discoveries in Ancient Mesopotamia: Life in the Cradle of Civilization. Then, trace the story of human civilizations from our evolution as a species, through our major adaptations and revolutions, and into the future with The Big History of...
  6. (Set) Ancient Mesopotamia & History of Ancient Egypt Set

    (Set) Ancient Mesopotamia & History of Ancient Egypt

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $559.90 Starting at $559.90 $789.90 $559.90$789.90
    Probe into ancient history and civilizations with this remarkable two-course set focusing on some of the oldest societies known to us. Start by meeting Ancient Mesopotamia through recently recovered documents and new discoveries in Ancient Mesopotamia: Life in the Cradle of Civilization. Then, travel through the tombs, mummies, and history of Egypt with an Egyptologist to discover the mysteries this ageless land...