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LE06108102, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0616, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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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
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Department of reference Department of Cultural Heritage: Archaeology and History of Art, Cinema and Music
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Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge SALVATORE GASPA L-OR/01

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses L-OR/01 History of Ancient Near East 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 GASPA SALVATORE (Presidente)

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 beginning of the Persian Achaemenid Age.
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 cuneiform 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 Near Eastern texts.
Part 2. Commented reading of selected cuneiform Sumerian and Akkadian 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: Liverani's manual.
Part 2: Ancient Near Eastern texts in translation given by the teacher.
- Notes: Students of the "Laurea Triennale in Storia" who cannot assist to the lessons can replace Part 2 with one of the following volumes:
a) K. Radner, Antica Assiria. Milano: Hoepli, 2019.
b) M. Jursa, I Babilonesi, Bologna: Il Mulino, Universale Paperbacks, 2007.
- Students of the "Laurea Magistrale in Lettere Classiche e Storia Antica" who cannot attend can replace the Part 2 texts with the book M. Liverani, Assiria: la preistoria dell'imperialismo, Roma-Bari: Laterza, 2017.
- 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), Roma-Bari: Laterza, 2013.
Part 3: selected pages from the volume of P. Merlo (ed.), L'Antico Testamento. Introduzione storico-letteraria, Roma: Carocci editore, 2008 (only pp. 35-127).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Liverani, Mario, Antico Oriente. Storia società economia. Roma-Bari: Laterza, 1990. Vale anche qualsiasi ristampa posteriore Cerca nel catalogo
  • Merlo, Paolo (a cura di), L'Antico Testamento. Introduzione storico-letteraria. Roma: Carocci, 2008. Le sole pp. 35-127. Vale anche qualsiasi ristampa posteriore Cerca nel catalogo

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