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. The lessons 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.
The first part of the course is devoted to a general presentation of the history and archaeology of the Syro-Mesopotamian area. The second part concerns the River Orontes region. The reconstruction of the settlement and political history of the area is made by thoroughly investigating various sources (archaeological data and reports, written sources from different regions and periods). The Orontes valley is in fact a crossroad of crucial importance in the Levantine area and in connecting the Mediterranean and Near Eastern regions.
Lectures (delivered in Verona and broadcasted) are devoted to: illustrating and analysing ancient sources; examining and discussing secondary literature and methodological approaches; providing comprehensive historical reconstructions.
|P.M.M. Akkermans and G.M. Schwartz||Archaeology of Syria||2003|
|Davide Nadali e Andrea Polcaro (a cura di),||Archeologia della Mesopotamia antica||Carocci||2015|
|L. Turri||"Vieni, lascia che ti dica di altre città". Ambiente naturale, umano e politico della valle dell'Oronte nella tarda età del bronzo||Forum - Udine||2015|
Oral exam. The exam concerns topics and bibliography illustrated and supplied during the lessons and accessible on the web Platform (University of Ferrara), and on parts of the reference books that are indicated during the lessons. Reference books and additional bibliography, useful for comparisons and deeper treatment of the topics, is indicated below. Students will be requested to answer questions concerning the topics treated during the lessons to demonstrate their knowledge of the data and their abilities in analysis, synthesis and methodological evaluation.