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CODE 68961
ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-OR/01
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 1° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The course aims at providing fundamental notions concerning the study of the history and cultures of the ancient Near East in the Preclassic period through the study of the main historical phases, the scriptures, and the sources for historical reconstruction.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course focuses on the history of Mesopotamia, Anatolia and the Syrian-Palestinian area in the pre-classical period. Students will acquire competences to understand historical and political aspects, socio-economic dynamics as well as the cultural and religious context.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course intends in particular to deepen some specific aspects of the history of the Near East from the prehistory to the first millennium BC., and to provide students with fundamental knowledge on the periodization, languages, scriptures, political history, economy and society of ancient Near Eastern civilizations.

PREREQUISITES

None.

TEACHING METHODS

Lessons will be held in presence. Attendance, although not compulsory, is recommended. Only those who attend lessons in presence will be deemed attending students. The teacher, upon specific request by single students, could allow them to attend lessons remotely and to access the recordings of the lessons via Teams.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The introductory part of the course includes an overview about the of the ancient Near Eastern civilizations, and the origins and development of historical-archaeological research in the region. The geographical, chronological and historical framework, the scriptures and languages of the ancient Near East will be subsequently presented and examined.

Content for students who are taking the 6 CFU course:

Introduction to the history of the ancient Near East

Content for students who are taking the 9 CFU course:

– Introduction to the history of the ancient Near East

– The circulation of goods, people, ideas in the ancient Near East during the Late Bronze Age, the age of international relations

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

A) Bibliography for attending students of the 6 CFU course:

M. Liverani, Antico Oriente. Storia società economia, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2011 (Chapters: IV-X; XII-XV; XVII-XVIII; XX-XXII; XXVI-XXVII; XXXI).

B) Bibliography for non-attending students of the 6 CFU course:

M. Liverani, Antico Oriente. Storia società economia, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2011 (Chapters: IV-X; XII-XV; XVII-XVIII; XX-XXII; XXVI-XXVII; XXXI).

One of the following readings, at the choice of the students:

– E. Cancik-Kirschbaum, Gli Assiri, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2007

– S. De Martino, Gli Ittiti, Carocci, Roma, 2003

– M. Jursa, I Babilonesi, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2007

C)Bibliography for attending students of the 9 CFU course:

– M. Liverani, Antico Oriente. Storia società economia, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2011 (Chapters. IV-X; XII-XV; XVII-XVIII; XX-XXII; XXVI-XXVII; XXXI)

– M. Liverani, Guerra e diplomazia nell’antico Oriente, 1600-1100 a.C., Laterza, Roma-Bari, 1994: “Introduzione”, “III. Circolazione dei beni”.

D) Bibliography for non-attending students of the 9 CFU course:

– M. Liverani, Antico Oriente. Storia società economia, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2011 (Capp. IV-X; XII-XV; XVII-XVIII; XX-XXII; XXVI-XXVII; XXXI)

– M. Liverani, Guerra e diplomazia nell’antico Oriente, 1600-1100 a.C., Laterza, Roma-Bari, 1994: “Introduzione”, “III. Circolazione dei beni”.

One of the following readings, at the choice of the students:

– E. Cancik-Kirschbaum, Gli Assiri, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2007

– S. De Martino, Gli Ittiti, Carocci, Roma, 2003

– M. Jursa, I Babilonesi, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2007

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

GIUSEPPE MINUNNO (President)

PIA CAROLLA

GUIDO GIOVANNI BORGHI (Substitute)

LESSONS

LESSONS START

18/09/2023

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. The final grade will take into account the accuracy of the answers (up to 80%), but also the student’s ability to present the topics accurately using an appropriate vocabulary (up to 20%).

Exam schedule

Data appello Orario Luogo Degree type Note
18/12/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
01/02/2024 09:00 GENOVA Orale
15/02/2024 09:00 GENOVA Orale Gli esami si svolgeranno a Glottologia, al 3° piano di Via Balbi 4
06/05/2024 10:00 GENOVA Compitino
06/05/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
27/05/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale gli esami si svolgeranno a Glottologia, al 3° piano di Via Balbi 4
01/07/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
15/07/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
02/09/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale