Workshop on akkadian language (2019/2020)

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Name of lecturer
Simonetta Ponchia
Simonetta Ponchia
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem 2A dal Feb 17, 2020 al Mar 28, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The knowledge of the Akkadian (Assyro-Babylonian) language allows to deepen the knowledge of the Near Eastern world and is part of the study of ancient history envisaged in the didactic paths of the courses in Literature and Cultural Heritage. The course aims to provide the student with the basic tools for directly interpreting the sources of Mesopotamian history and culture. It also gives the opportunity to learn the basic rules of the most ancient Semitic language and observe the links with more recent and modern Semitic languages.
The organization of the course as a seminar provides the students with a guided and stimulating approach to the ancient texts.


The course proposes the basic rules of Akkadian phonetics and morphology and some simple syntactic rules. It also focusses on the cuneiform writing system and on the methods and conventions of signs transcriptions. The seminal organization of the course entails the presentation of the grammatical rules and guided exercises on texts progressively more complex although elementary. Due to the seminal character of the course, the students must attend at least 2/3 of the lessons.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Huehnergard J. A Grammar of Akkadian  
Caplice R. Introduction to Akkadian  

Assessment methods and criteria

Final oral assessment. Purposes of the assessment are to verify the acquired knowledge and language skills.
The assessment will consist of the linguistical and grammatical analysis of a text treated during the course. The evaluation consists in a final approval (without mark).
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and in accordance with the University of Verona guidelines, during ​the 2020 summer session the assessment modality will be modified as follows: online oral exam.