Language and culture of Ancient Anatolia and the Hittites (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturers
Federico Giusfredi, Valerio Pisaniello
Federico Giusfredi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem 2A, Sem 2B

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.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Federico Giusfredi Dispensa "Lingua e cultura dell'Anatolia ittita" (A/A 2015/2016) 2016
Stefano De Martino Gli Ittiti Carocci 2003 9788843026791
Francia, Rita; Pisaniello, Valerio La lingua degli ittiti Hoepli 2019 9788820389895

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.

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.