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CODE 106763
ACADEMIC YEAR 2024/2025
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-FIL-LET/01
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 2° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The course of Archaeology of the Aegean Scripts takes into consideration the scripts documented in the Aegean Bronze Age (Cretan Hieroglyphic, Linear A, Linear B), in the frame of the contemporary archaeological data. The characteristics of the known documents are examined, paying particular attention to their context of discovery. The corpora used for the different scripts are presented and some texts in Linear B are read and commented.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course is designed to give students an overview of the knowledge of the scriptures in use in the second millennium BC in the Aegean. (Cretan hieroglyph, linear A, linear B), observed as part of the period's archaeological evidence. The student, by the end of the course, must have gained some understanding of the use of writing in the Aegean in the 2nd millennium BC, be able to distinguish between different types of written documents, have developed a basic understanding of their contexts of discovery, and be able to read and interpret simple linear B texts presented during the lessons.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The teaching course aims to provide students with an overview of the knowledge of the scripts used during the Bronze Age in the Aegean (Cretan, Linear A, Linear B hieroglyphics), in the context of contemporary archaeological evidence, which allows them to understand periods and diffusion areas of each writing.
At the end of the course the student is expected to have acquired notions on the uses of writing in the Aegean of the 2nd millennium BC, to be able to distinguish the different types of written documents, to have developed a basic knowledge of their contexts of discovery; it is also expected that the student will be able to read and understand simple Linear B texts presented during the lessons.

PREREQUISITES

No prerequisites are required

TEACHING METHODS

The course includes 40 hours of frontal lessons held by the teacher, during which, with the aid of PowerPoint presentations, the topics indicated in the program will be treated through Power Point presentations.

Students unable to attend classroom lessons will be able to attend them on Microsoft Teams.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

History of studies: from the research of the "pre-alphabetic" scripts of the Aegean to the deciphering of Linear B.
Palatial civilizations of the Aegean: chronological definition and main archaeological data.
The Cretan hieroglyphics: typology, chronology and diffusion of documents; corpus and main reference publications. Linear A: typology, chronology and diffusion of documents; corpus and main reference publications. Phaistos disc: characteristics and history. Linear B: typology, chronology and diffusion of documents; corpora and main reference publications; reading and commenting on some texts.

The program is the same for non-attending students

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

L. Godart, Da Minosse a Omero. Genesi della prima civiltà europea, Torino, Einaudi, 2020; Manuale di epigrafia micenea. Introduzione allo studio dei testi in lineare B, a cura di M. Del Freo e M. Perna, volume 1, Padova, libreriauniverisitaria,it, 2016, pp. 63-208.

Non-attending students will agree on further readings with the teacher.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

LESSONS

LESSONS START

Lessons will begin the week of 3rd March 2025.

Class schedule

The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

After half of the lessons, an ongoing test will be carried out, consisting of a written paper on two tracks relating to the topics covered in the lessons. In case of a positive evaluation, the test topics will not be the subject of the final exam.

The final exam will consist of a spoken interview, on topics concerning the course program.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The exam aims to verify the student's knowledge of the main archaeological data of the palatial civilizations of the Aegean; the student's ability to recognize the characteristics of documents written in Cretan Hieroglyphic, Linear A and Linear B and the ability to understand a short text in Linear B is also assessed.

An element of evualation will also be the expressive abilities and the correct ownership of language.

Erasmus students not proficient in Italian may request a substitutive bibliography, and take the examination in English or French.

Students with disabilities or DSA are reminded that in order to request specific exam methods, they must first enter the certification on the University website at http://servizionline.unige.it in the "Students" section. The documentation will be verified by the University's Services Sector for the inclusion of students with disabilities and DSA (https://rubrica.unige.it/strutture/structure/100111).

FURTHER INFORMATION

Copy of Power Point presentations and basic texts will be made available on Aulaweb.