History of the Ancient Near East (i+p) (2019/2020)

Course code
4S02202
Credits
12
Coordinator
Simonetta Ponchia
Other available courses
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.

Syllabus

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 series of lessons devoted to the general and introductory presentation of main phases, salient events and periodization of Siro-Mesopotamian history, and in the in-depth analysis of some exemplary cases. The reference texts 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.

Assessment methods and criteria

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.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
P. Matthiae Prima lezione di archeologia orientale Laterza 2005 978-8-842-07382-6
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