Archaeology of the ancient Near East (2016/2017)

Course code
4S003299
Name of lecturer
Simonetta Ponchia
Coordinator
Simonetta Ponchia
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
L-OR/01 - HISTORY OF ANCIENT NEAR EAST
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
Sem. IIA, Sem. IIB
Web page
http://www.unife.it/interfacolta/lm.preistoria/insegnamenti/archeologia-del-vicino-oriente-antico

Lesson timetable

Sem. IIA
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall Maffei  
Thursday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall Maffei  
Sem. IIB
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall Maffei  
Thursday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall Maffei from Apr 24, 2017  to Jun 7, 2017

Learning outcomes

The course is aimed at providing a basic knowledge and fundamental tools for the research activity in the field of ancient Near Eastern history and archaeology. To this aim the lessons will propose relevant case studies, illustrate methods and goals of the analysis according to various approaches and exemplify the use of documentary sources and secondary literature.

Syllabus

the cultural heritage of Syria and Iraq, threatened or destroyed during war and terrorism operations; description of major archaeological sites and their role in the ancient Near Eastern history and Mediterranean culture. Description and analysis of the archaeological evidence, aimed at reconstructing forms of monuments and architectural structures and assessing their meaning in the frame-work of historical and art-history developments. Reflection on events and presuppositions of the archaeological discovery and of present-day destructions. Consideration of sites and monuments in relation to their founding significance for local communities and of their universal value, through the analysis of their influence on following periods and bordering areas, i.e. phenomena of transmission, diffusion, contamination, that illustrate their historical and cultural value for Mediterranean culture from antiquity to present. Analysis of the Syrian sites of Ebla, Aleppo, Palmyra, of the great Assyrian capitals, Nineveh, Kalkhu, Dur-Sharruken, and of Hatra and Babylon in Iraq, with a detailed study of the monumental evidence.
Bibliography:
Invernizzi Antonio, Dal Tigri all'Eufrate. Vol. 1: Sumeri e accadi. Vol. 2: Babilonesi e assiri, Le Lettere, Firenze 2007/2008; Davide Nadali e Andrea Polcaro (a cura di), Archeologia della Mesopotamia antica, Carocci, Roma 2015; Matthiae Paolo, Distruzioni, saccheggi e rinascite. Gli attacchi al patrimonio artistico dall'antichità all'Isis, Mondadori Electa 2015.
Additional bibliographical references and materials will be provided during the lessons.

Assessment methods and criteria

oral exam
Reference books: Invernizzi Antonio, Dal Tigri all'Eufrate. Vol. 1: Sumeri e accadi. Vol. 2: Babilonesi e assiri, Le Lettere, Firenze 2007/2008; Davide Nadali e Andrea Polcaro (a cura di), Archeologia della Mesopotamia antica, Carocci, Roma 2015; Matthiae Paolo, Distruzioni, saccheggi e rinascite. Gli attacchi al patrimonio artistico dall'antichità all'Isis, Mondadori Electa 2015. Additional bibliography and precise instructions concerning the parts that should be prepared will be provided during the lessons.

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2016/2017