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ARCHEOLOGY AND HISTORY OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EST

CODE 66891
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
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
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The course of Archaeology and Art History of the Ancient Near East, intended for students of Languages and modern cultures, includes one module of 6  CFU for a total of 36 teaching hours.  This module will be held in the first semester: lessons will start on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. The module is accessible to everybody. Owing to the special features of the discipline, the relevance of images, videos and 3d reproductions of objects, attendance is highly recommended.

 

 

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims at stimulating students to gain a better understanding on the dynamics of preservation and development of the artistic and archaeological heritage in the ancient Near East; achieving a fundamental knowledge of the most important Near Eastern collections from the top museums in the world. As well as outlining 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

This course aims at stimulating students to gain a better understanding on the dynamics of preservation and development of the artistic and archaeological heritage in the ancient Near East; achieving a fundamental knowledge of the most important Near Eastern collections from the top museums in the world. As well as outlining the features of the historic, archaeological and linguistic development of the most relevant civilisations from the ancient Near East, with a special focus on Mesopotamia.

At the end of course, the  students must achieve  the following learning results:

- to focus and comprehend the dynamics of cultural heritage preservation in the Near East;

- to know the main museum collection of Near Eastern antiquities worldwide,

- as well as the main features of historical, artistic and linguistic development of Mesopotamian civilization from Prehistory to the great empire of the I millennium BC.  

PREREQUISITES

No specific prerequisites are required. 

TEACHING METHODS

Very likely remote lectures on Microsoft Teams, 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

1. Issues of destruction and recostruction of Near Eastern cultural heritage in the aftermath of wars and Islamic terrorism. From Mosul to Nineveh and Nimrud, from Palmyra to  Bamiyan in Afghanistan: recent developments on the preservation of the archaeological and artistic heritage in the Near East, with a special focus on Iraq and Syria.

2. The birth of the discipline and the formation of the main collections of  antiquities from the ancient Near East in museums worldwide. 

3. Archaeology and art history  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.

4. Introduction to ancient  Akkadian and Sumerian languages, with translations of some brief sections of the law code of Hammurapi, and passages of the epic of Gilgamesh. 

5. I'll organise a guided tour of the Egypt Museum in Turin: students are expected to know the main collections illustrated in the tour.

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, "Dentro la devastazione. L'ISIS contro l'arte di Siria e Iraq". La Nave di Teseo 2018.
- 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.

- Mario Liverani, “Paradiso e dintorni, Il paesaggio rurale dell'antico Oriente”. Laterza 2018.

-  Zainab Bahrani, "La Mesopotamia, Arte e architettura", Einaudi, Torino, 2017. 

- Jean Bottero, "The Oldest Cuisine in the World: Cooking in Mesopotamia", The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2004.

- V. Cortese, M.C. Guidotti, "Antico Egitto. Arte, storia e civiltà", Giunti, Firenze, 2017.

- A. Gardiner, "La civiltà egizia", Einaudi, Torino,  2017.

Bibliography  on the Akkadian and Sumerian languages (only a few sections dealt with in the course):

Akkadian language:

Richard Caplice, “Introduction to Akkadian”, Rome, Biblical Institute Press, 1988.

Sumerian language:

Franco D'Agostino, Pietro Mander, "Appunti di grammatica sumerica", corso elementare, Aracne, Roma 2007.

Overseas students can agree with the lecturer a bibliography in English or in another language.

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, "Dentro la devastazione. L'ISIS contro l'arte di Siria e Iraq". La Nave di Teseo 2018.
-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.

- Mario Liverani, “Paradiso e dintorni, Il paesaggio rurale dell'antico Oriente”. Laterza 2018.

-  Zainab Bahrani, "La Mesopotamia, Arte e architettura", Einaudi, Torino, 2017. 

- Jean Bottero, "The Oldest Cuisine in the World: Cooking in Mesopotamia", The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2004.

- V. Cortese, M.C. Guidotti, "Antico Egitto. Arte, storia e civiltà", Giunti, Firenze, 2017.

- A. Gardiner, "La civiltà egizia", Einaudi, Torino,  2017.

Texts  on the Akkadian and Sumerian languages (only a few sections dealt with in the course and to be agreed with the lecturer):

Akkadian language:

Richard Caplice, “Introduction to Akkadian”, Rome, Biblical Institute Press, 1988.

Sumerian language:

Franco D'Agostino, Pietro Mander, "Appunti di grammatica sumerica", corso elementare, Aracne, Roma 2007.

Overseas students can agree with the lecturer a bibliography in English or in another language.

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

PAOLO BRUSASCO (President)

CHIARA BENATI

LESSONS

LESSONS START

Wednesday, September 29, 2021, probably from 11.00 AM  to 13.00. 

 

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 module, with a special focus on cultural heritage preservation, museum collection of Near Eastern antiquities worldwide, as well as the  development of the archaeology, history,  art history and lanhuages of ancient Mesopotamia.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The achievement of the learning objectivs and targets through oral examination allow to verify the understanding skill level of the dynamics of cultural heritage preservation in the Near East; the knowledge of the main museum collection of Near Eastern antiquities worldwide, as well as the main features of archaeological, historic, artistic and linguistic development  of Mesopotamian civilizations from Prehistory to the great empires of I millennium BC. To this end, the following parameters will be examined: language skills, familiarity with specialistic lexicon, capacity of critical reasoning about the historic, artistic and linguistic developments of the cultures studied in the module.     

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
19/01/2022 11:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame orale di Archeologia e Storia dell'Arte del Vicino Oriente Antico si terrà mercoledì 19 gennaio 2022, alle ore11, su Teams, codice di accesso: 9qvps9e
09/02/2022 11:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame orale di Archeologia e Storia dell'Arte del Vicino Oriente Antico si terrà mercoledì 9 febbraio 2022, alle ore 11, nell'Aula M al Polo Didattico.
11/05/2022 11:00 GENOVA Orale Appello straordinario mercoledì 11 maggio 2022 Si comunica che l'appello straordinario per i laureandi della sessione estiva 2022 e per gli studenti fuori corso si terrà: mercoledì 11 maggio 2022, nell'aula M, al Polo Didattico, alle ore 11.
08/06/2022 11:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame orale di Archeologia e Storia dell'Arte del Vicino Oriente Antico si terrà mercoledì 8 giugno 2022, alle ore 11, nell'Aula H al Polo Didattico.
06/07/2022 11:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame orale di Archeologia e Storia dell'Arte del Vicino Oriente Antico si terrà mercoledì 6 luglio 2022, alle ore 11, nell'Aula H al Polo Didattico.
14/09/2022 11:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame orale di Archeologia e Storia dell'Arte del Vicino Oriente Antico si terrà mercoledì 14 settembre 2022, alle ore 11, nell'Aula M al Polo Didattico.
28/09/2022 11:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame orale di Archeologia e Storia dell'Arte del Vicino Oriente Antico si terrà mercoledì 28 settembre 2022, alle ore 14, nell'Aula H al 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.