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NEAR ANCIENT EAST CIVILISATION

CODE 65175
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017/2018
CREDITS 6 credits during the 1st year of 9023 ANCIENT STUDIES: ARCHAEOLOGY, PHILOLOGY AND LITERATURES, HISTORY (LM-2) GENOVA

6 credits during the 1st year of 9917 HISTORICAL SCIENCES (LM-84) GENOVA

SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-OR/01
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION GENOVA (ANCIENT STUDIES: ARCHAEOLOGY, PHILOLOGY AND LITERATURES, HISTORY)
SEMESTER 2° Semester

OVERVIEW

The course aims at providing fundamental knowledge and basic tools to address the study of the ancient Near East during the Preclassical period. Special attention will be paid to Mesopotamia, Anatolia and the Syro-Palestinian area.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course is meant to help develop:

- students' understanding of the major events in Ancient Near East from the 3rd millennium B.C. to the 1st millennium B.C., and students' ability to see the connection between such events and the cultural and religious contexts of the area;
- students' knowledge of the main features of biblical literary production and of the evolution of the Hebrew religion and society towards a new monotheism.
Students who undertook a postgraduate program in Ancient Studies must know in depth all the historic and cultural aspects of the Ancient world: therefore, this course is meant to fill a gap in students' knowledge.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course is also meant to provide an in-depth knowledge of some specific aspects of the ancient Near Eastern Civilizations (specifically the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Syria) from a historical and cultural point of view through the analysis of different types of sources (literary, historical, juridical, and artistic sources).

TEACHING METHODS

Frontal lecture

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course will be structured as follows:

– the rediscovery of the civilizations of the ancient Near East; the pioneering phase of investigations and research; the first archaeological excavations

– the geographical and historical framework: the people and cultures of the ancient Near East; the available sources; the issues of the historical reconstruction

– the writings of the ancient Near East: decipherment (research history and current studies), origins, underlying mechanisms

– “Culture in the Ancient Near East”: selected readings from relevant texts.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

The reading list for this course, together with the lecturer's suggestions and instructions are available on the Italian version of the web page.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

MARIA ELENA BALZA (President)

BIANCA MARIA GIANNATTASIO

MAURIZIO VIANO

MAURIZIO VIANO (President)

MARIA ELENA BALZA

BIANCA MARIA GIANNATTASIO

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

Frontal lecture

LESSONS START

February 13, 2018

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Oral Exam

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The oral exam will be about the topics covered by the course (course notes and specific readings). Minimum 'pass' requirements are: good understanding of the environmental, historical and cultural dynamics of the ancient Near East during the Preclassical period; ability to contextualize topics and to present them in a clear, well-reasoned way by taking into consideration the features and issues of the available documentation. Requirements for 'Excellence' are: proven ability to provide a critical analysis of sources, historical processes and historical issues related to different areas and periods.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
18/01/2018 14:00 GENOVA Orale
07/02/2018 14:00 GENOVA Orale
22/05/2018 14:00 GENOVA Orale
14/06/2018 14:00 GENOVA Orale
28/06/2018 14:00 GENOVA Orale
12/07/2018 14:00 GENOVA Orale
13/09/2018 14:00 GENOVA Orale