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ARCHEOLOGY AND HISTORY OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EST

CODE 66891
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the nd year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-OR/05
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • 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: lectures will start on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, from 11am to 2pm  at the Albergo dei Poveri. 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.

    N.B. I'll organise a guided tour of the Egypt Museum in Turin. It may also be possible for those students interested to partecipate in the excavations under my direction at some Assyrian sites in northern Iraq.

     

    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

    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

    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.

    - K.A. Bard, "Archeologia dell'antico Egitto", Carocci, Roma, 2013.

    Bibliography on the Akkadian language (only a few sections dealt with in the course):

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

    - P. Mander, "Appunti di grammatica accadica. Corso elementare",  Aracne , 2007.

    -A. Lancellotti, "Grammatica della lingua accadica", Franciscan Printing Press, Jerusalem, 1995.

    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.

    - K.A. Bard, "Archeologia dell'antico Egitto", Carocci, Roma, 2013.

    Bibliography on the Akkadian language (only a few sections dealt with in the course and published in Aulaweb):

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

    - P. Mander, "Appunti di grammatica accadica. Corso elementare",  Aracne , 2007.

    - A. Lancellotti, "Grammatica della lingua accadica", Franciscan Printing Press, Jerusalem, 1995.

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

     

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    Lectures will begin on Wednesday, 5 October 2022, from 11am to 2pm at the Albergo dei Poveri.
    They will be held every Wednesday from 11am to 2pm in room 11 at the Albergo dei Poveri. 

     

    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.     

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Students with SLD, disability or other special educational needs are advised to contact the lecturer at the beginning of the course to agree on teaching and examination methods that, in compliance with the teaching goals, take into account the needs and individual learning methods and provide suitable compensatory tools.

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