History and Archaeology of the ancient Near East (2019/2020)

Course code
4S007427
Name of lecturer
Luigi Turri
Coordinator
Luigi Turri
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
L-OR/01 - HISTORY OF ANCIENT NEAR EAST
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
II semestre Ferrara dal Feb 24, 2020 al May 29, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Il corso magistrale mira a fornire le conoscenze e gli strumenti di base per lo studio approfondito e l’avvio dell’attività di ricerca nell’ambito della storia e archeologia del Vicino Oriente, attraverso l’analisi esemplificativa di una tematica storico-archeologica di ampio respiro che consenta di illustrare l’applicazione di diversi approcci metodologici e avvii all’uso delle fonti e della letteratura secondaria.

Syllabus

The course is organized in two sections.
The first one aims to provide a brief summary and an overall periodization of the history of the Near East from the Neolithic to the first millennium BC, focusing in particular on the Levant, with the purpose of providing the geographical and chronological framework for the topics covered specifically in the second section;
The second one focuses on the origins and development of the Phoenician civilization along the Levantine coast, on its history, the problems encountered to reconstruct it and the different archaeological, epigraphic and secondary sources used; subsequently architecture, artistic trends, material culture and main archaeological sites will be analyzed, with reference to the interrelationships with other peoples of the ancient Near East and to the expansion in the Mediterranean.

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

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam.
The exam will focus on topics and materials illustrated during the lessons, as well as on the reference texts that will be indicated during the course. Some reference books useful as introduction to the subject, for comparisons or in-depth information are listed below. Students will be requested to illustrate specific topics of the program to demonstrate their knowledge of the proposed subjects and their abilities in analysis, synthesis and methodological evaluation.

Reference texts are:
P. Matthiae, Prima lezione di archeologia orientale, Laterza, Bari 2005;
C. Bonnet, I Fenici, Carocci, Roma 2004.

Other materials will be provided during the course.
A basic bibliography is given here below:
M. Liverani, Antico Oriente Storia società economia, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 1988 (2018, 5 ed.);
G.E. Markoe, Phoenicians, The British Museum Press, London 2000;
S.F. Bondì, M. Botto, G. Garbati, I. Oggiano, Fenici e Cartaginesi. Una civiltà mediterranea, Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Roma 2009.