Language and culture of Ancient Anatolia and the Hittites (2017/2018)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Federico Giusfredi
Federico Giusfredi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
NN - -
Language of instruction
First half of Semester 2 dal Feb 26, 2018 al Apr 21, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The Hittite Culture is the most ancient documented Indo-European culture. The course will provide general insight into the history and culture of pre-Greek Anatolia, and a basic knowledge of the language of the Hittites (introductory references will be made to the philology of the Cuneiform writing system). The knowledge that will be acquired is especially relevant for the students interested in the history, the languages and the philologies of the ancient Mediterranean regions.


The course will focus on the main topics that regard the history, the development and the decline of the Hittite culture, through an introduction to the Hittite grammar and through the reading of a few simple texts from the Hittite corpus.

Students who cannot attend the frontal lessons must contact the teacher to agree on a special program.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Federico Giusfredi Dispensa "Lingua e cultura dell'Anatolia ittita" (A/A 2015/2016) 2016 Disponibile sulla piattaforma e-learning.
Stefano De Martino Gli Ittiti Carocci 2003 9788843026791

Assessment methods and criteria

Short oral test concerning:

1) basic knowledge of the Hittite history;
2) basic knowledge of the Hittite language, verified by:
a. reading a short text that will have been translated and commented during the course;
b. an elementary question on the Hittite grammar.