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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
CLASSICAL LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES AND ANCIENT HISTORY
Course unit
HISTORY OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST
LE06108102, A.A. 2015/16

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
CLASSICAL LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES AND ANCIENT HISTORY (Ord. 2014)
LE0612, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2015/16
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HISTORY OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge SALVATORE GASPA L-OR/01

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
LE07108102 HISTORY OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST SALVATORE GASPA LE0600

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines L-OR/01 History of Ancient Near East 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 03/03/2016
End of activities 11/06/2016
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2019 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 Commissione 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/09/2018 GASPA SALVATORE (Presidente)
LANFRANCHI GIOVANNI-BATTISTA (Membro Effettivo)
FRANCIA ENRICO (Supplente)
5 Commissione 2016/17 01/12/2016 30/11/2017 GASPA SALVATORE (Presidente)
LANFRANCHI GIOVANNI-BATTISTA (Membro Effettivo)
FRANCIA ENRICO (Supplente)
3 Commissione temporanea 01/10/2015 29/02/2016 FRANCIA ENRICO (Presidente)
LANFRANCHI GIOVANNI-BATTISTA (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: No prerequisites.
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge of the main problems of the historiography on the Ancient Near East.
Knowledge of the chronology of the Ancient Near East civilizations from the Protodynastic Age to the fall of the Persian Empire.
Knowledge of the institutional, social, political, economic, religious and cultural structures of the main socio-political entities of the Ancient Near East.
Examination methods: Final oral exam.
Assessment criteria: The judgment of the student's preparation will be based on the understanding of the lessons' subjects, on the acquisition of the concepts and of the methodologies commented in the lessons, and on his ability in developing them in autonomy and with self-consciousness.
Course unit contents: Learning of the chronological structure and the geography of the Ancient Near East.
Learning of the linguistic characters of the main Near Eastern regions both synchronically and diachronically.
Learning of the cultural, political, institutional, economic and religious characteristics in the Ancient Near Easter regions in the various historical periods.
Direct approach (in-class reading) to a relevant selection of Ancient Near Eastern texts in translation: chronological problems, literary commentary, commentary and interpretation according to the points of views of history, culture, ideology, politics and religion.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Part 1. General historiographic problems: sources, methodological approach, historical and ideological interpretation of ancient texts.
Part 2. Commented reading of selected Ancient Near Eastern texts in translation.
Part 3. The Ancient Testament as a historical source: formation of the Biblical text, anaysis of Pentateuch.
Frontal lessons.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Part 1 (for all students): Liverani's book.
Part 2: Ancient Near Eastern texts in translation downloadable from the Teacher's personal WEB page on the Department (DiSSGeA) site.
Students of the "Laurea Magistrale in Scienze archeologiche" can replace the texts prescribed for Part 2 with the volume M. Liverani, Immaginare Babele. Due secoli di studi sulla città orientale antica (Coll. Storia e società), Laterza, 2013.
Students of the "Laurea triennale in Storia" who cannot assist to the lessons can replace Part 2 with one of the following volumes:
a) E. Cancik-Kirschbaum, Gli Assiri (Il Mulino, Universale Paperbacks), 2007.
b) M. Jursa, I Babilonesi (Il Mulino, Universale Paperbacks), 2007.
Part 3: selected pages from the volume of A.J. Soggin; translations from ancient texts downloadable from the Teachers's personal WEB page of the Department site (DiSSGeA).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • M. Liverani, Antico Oriente. Storia società economia. Bari - Roma: Laterza, 1990. Qualsiasi ristampa posteriore Cerca nel catalogo
  • J. A. Soggin, Introduzione all'antico Testamento. Brescia: Paideia, 1987. Pagine 1-217 Cerca nel catalogo