History of the Ancient Near East (i+p) (2018/2019)

Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
I MODULO PARTE (I) 6 L-OR/01-HISTORY OF ANCIENT NEAR EAST Sem. 1B Simonetta Ponchia
II MODULO PARTE (P) 6 L-OR/01-HISTORY OF ANCIENT NEAR EAST Sem. 2A Simonetta Ponchia

Learning outcomes


The knowledge of the cultures, geographical environments, major phases and historical events of Near Eastern history are part of the study of ancient history envisaged in the didactic paths of the MA courses in Literature and Cultural Heritage. The introductory course aims to get acquainted with the main historical sources related to the Near Eastern world from prehistory till preclassical period, the basic methodologies for their analysis, as well as the essential bibliography and some of the most recent historiographic orientations on the topics that have been considered.
The second part of the course ( part p) aims at providing an in-depth knowledge of some periods and themes of the Near Eastern historical documentation, as well as the methodologies and specific bibliography for their interpretation, according to an approach that integrates historical, philological and archaeological data and approaches. At the end of the course the student is expected to acquire the basic tools and the ability to orient himself/herself in this wide sector of ancient history and to find the interrelations with Mediterranean history, to apply the knowledge acquired in order to gain a full understanding of the dynamics that characterized the formation of ancient civilizations and their subsequent heritage

Syllabus

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MM: I MODULO PARTE (I)
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The course (i+ p) provides an overview of the history of the Near East from prehistory to the first millennium BC. It is articulated in a first series of lessons (corresponding to course i) devoted to the general and introductory presentation of main phases, salient events and periodization of Siro-Mesopotamian history. The reference texts for part (i) are general-purpose manuals. They are integrated during the lessons by presenting sources and discussing some additional examples of secondary literature; a summary of the topics discussed will be uploaded to the e-learning platform.
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MM: II MODULO PARTE (P)
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The course is devoted to the investigation of the imperial organizations of the first millennium BC, namely the Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian monarchies, with specific reference to political developments, territorial expansion, management of the conquered territories, socio-economic dynamics of change. Particular attention is devoted to institutions, structures, officies and officials of the administrative organization as they are attested by epigraphic documents. Objects of study are media and forms of official communication, the diffusion of common cultural models, as well as the persistence of particular cultural identities and their relations with phenomena of resistance/opposition vis-à-vis the imposition of a centralized system of control. The role of provinces and peripheral areas of the empires is considered in the perspective of the diffusion of the imperial model of state organization even in later historical phases.

Assessment methods and criteria

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MM: I MODULO PARTE (I)
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Final oral assessment. Purposes of the assessment are to verify the acquired knowledge; language skills; ability of connecting knowledge; analytical and discussion skills. The assessment will consist of questions on the topics treated during the course, on chapters of the reference books and synthesis provided in slides. The evaluation is expressed in thirtieths. For the students who also attend course (p) final evaluation will be calculated on the average with the evaluation of the course (i). Not attending students and Erasmus students are kindly requested to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course in order to agree on the programme and assessment modalities.
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MM: II MODULO PARTE (P)
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Final oral assessment. Purposes of the assessment are to verify the acquired knowledge; language skills; ability of connecting knowledge; analytical and discussion skills. The assessment will consist of questions on the topics treated during the course, chapters of the reference books and synthesis provided in slides. The evaluation is expressed in thirtieths. The evaluation will be calculated on the average with the evaluation of the course (i). Not attending students and Erasmus students are kindly requested to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course in order to agree on the programme and assessment modalities.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
M. Liverani Assiria. La preistoria dell’imperialismo 2017
P. Matthiae Prima lezione di archeologia orientale Laterza 2005 978-8-842-07382-6
Pongratz-Leisten Religion and Ideology in Assyria 2015
S. de Martino (a cura di) Storia dell’Europa e del Mediterraneo. Il mondo antico. Vol. II: Le civiltà dell’Oriente mediterraneo Salerno 2006
Da Riva The Neo-Babylonian Royal Inscriptions. An Introduction 2008