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ARCHEOLOGY AND HISTORY OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EST

CODE 66891
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017/2018
CREDITS 6 credits during the nd year of 8740 Modern languages and cultures (L-11) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-OR/05
TEACHING LOCATION GENOVA (Modern languages and cultures)
SEMESTER 1° Semester

OVERVIEW

New developments on the preservation of the archaeological and artistic heritage in the Near East, with a special focus on Iraq and Syria. Archaeology, art history and languages of the ancient Near East, with a special emphasis on Mesopotamia

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

To stimulate students to gain a better understanding on the dynamics of preservation and development of the artistic and archaeological heritage in the ancient Near East; to achieve a fundamental knowledge of the most important Near Eastern collections from the top museums in the world. To outline the main features of the historic, archaeological and linguistic development of the most relevant civilisations from the ancient Near East, with a special focus on Mesopotamia.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

To stimulate students to gain a better understanding on the dynamics of preservation and development of the artistic and archaeological heritage in the ancient Near East; to achieve a fundamental knowledge of the most important Near Eastern collections from the top museums in the world. To outline the main features of the historic, archaeological and linguistic development of the most relevant civilisations from the ancient Near East, with a special focus on Mesopotamia.

TEACHING METHODS

Frontal lectures supported by Powerpoint presentations, videos and 3D reproductions of architecture, artefacts and works of art. The didactic material will be published on a weekly base on the Aulaweb platform.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

From Mosul to Nineveh and Nimrud, from Palmyra to Aleppo: recent developments on the preservation of the archaeological and artistic heritage in the Near East, with a special focus on Iraq and Syria: I) (pre-Iconoclasm) looting and destructions caused by armed conflicts, II) (Iconoclasm) ethnic and cultural cleansing, and the intentional destruction of monuments and art by radical Islamic groups. Recent methodologies of intervention, heritage protection and restoration of monuments and sites affected by armed conflict in Mosul and Aleppo.
Archaeology, art history and languages (Sumerian and Akkadian) of the ancient Near East, with a special emphasis on Mesopotamia from the agricultural revolution to the Assyrian and Babylonian empires in the Second and First Millennium BC.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Program for attending students:

As a complement to the lectures’ notes and images:

  1. A. Invernizzi, "Dal Tigri all'Eufrate - Volume I, Sumeri e Accadi". Le Lettere, Firenze,1992/2007: only images and topics dealt with in lectures;
    2. A. Invernizzi, "Dal Tigri all'Eufrate - volume II, Babilonesi e Assiri", Le Lettere, Firenze,1992/2007: only images and topics dealt with in lectures;
    3. Paolo Brusasco, "La Mesopotamia prima dell'Islam", Bruno Mondadori, 2008.

Further readings:

 Two chapters of one of the following books:
-Paolo Brusasco, “Tesori rubati. Il saccheggio del patrimonio artistico nel Medio Oriente”, Bruno Mondadori 2013.
- Paolo Brusasco, “Babilonia. All'origine del mito”. Cortina, Milano, 2012.
-Paolo Brusasco, "Looting the past. Syria's cultural heritage under attack: another Iraq?", Libreria Universitaria 2012: only Section 1.

-Mario Liverani, “Assiria. La preistoria dell’imperialismo”. Laterza, Bari, 2017 

Optional readings:

Akkadian language

Students  interested in the Semitic languages of the ancient  Near East can plan with the lecturer the reading of Richard Caplice, “Introduction to Akkadian”, Rome, Biblical Institute Press, 1988.

Program for non-attending students:
A. Invernizzi, "Dal Tigri all'Eufrate - Volume I, Sumeri e Accadi". Le Lettere, Firenze, 1992/2007: the whole volume;
2. A. Invernizzi, "Dal Tigri all'Eufrate - volume II, Babilonesi e Assiri", Le Lettere, Firenze, 1992/2007: the whole volume;
3. Paolo Brusasco, "La Mesopotamia prima dell'Islam", Bruno Mondadori (2008).

Further readings:
Three chapters of one of the following books:
-Paolo Brusasco, “Tesori rubati. Il saccheggio del patrimonio artistico nel Medio Oriente”, Bruno Mondadori 2013.
- Paolo Brusasco, “Babilonia. All'origine del mito”. Cortina, Milano, 2012.
-Paolo Brusasco, "Looting the past. Syria's cultural heritage under attack: another Iraq?", Libreria Universitaria 2012: only Section 1.

-Mario Liverani, “Assiria. La preistoria dell’imperialismo”. Laterza, Bari, 2017

Optional readings:

Akkadian language

Students  interested in the Semitic languages of the ancient  Near East can plan with the lecturer the reading of Richard Caplice, “Introduction to Akkadian”, Rome, Biblical Institute Press, 1988.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

PAOLO BRUSASCO (President)

CHIARA BENATI

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

Frontal lectures supported by Powerpoint presentations, videos and 3D reproductions of architecture, artefacts and works of art. The didactic material will be published on a weekly base on the Aulaweb platform.

LESSONS START

Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The exam consists of an oral assessment on the syllabus contents. Candidates will be asked at least one question for each of the topics dealt with in the course, with a special focus on the development of the archaeology and art history of ancient Mesopotamia.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

In addition to assessing the students’  knowledge of the program (topics and images dealt with in the course,  in-depth analysis on the grounds of selected bibliography and materials published on the Aulaweb platform), the assessment will take also into consideration  the linguistic skills relevant to the discipline.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
31/01/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame orale si terrà mercoledì 31 gennaio 2018, alle ore 11, Aula M, Polo Didattico.
14/02/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame orale si terrà mercoledì 14 febbraio 2018, alle ore 11, Aula M, Polo Didattico.
07/06/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame si terrà giovedì 7 giugno 2018, alle ore 11, Aula M, Polo Didattico.
12/06/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame orale si terrà martedì 12 giugno alle ore 11 nell'Aula H al Polo Didattico.
11/07/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame orale si terrà mercoledì 11 luglio 2018, alle ore 11, ai Magazzini dell'abbondanza (Via del Molo, 65) 2A (40) PC
12/09/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame orale si terrà mercoledì 12 settembre 2018, alle ore 11, Aula M, Polo Didattico.
26/09/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame orale si terrà mercoledì 26 settembre 2018, alle ore 11, Aula M, Polo Didattico.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Owing to the special features of the discipline, the relevance of images, videos and 3d reproductions of objects, attendance is highly recommended