History and Archaeology of the ancient Near East (2020/2021)

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Luigi Turri
Luigi Turri
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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.


The course is organized in two sections.
(a) The first one aims to provide a geographical and chronological framework to the history and the archeology of the ancient Near East, offering a general view the history of the discoveries, on the natural environment, on the sources, an overall periodization and a synthesis of its history from the Neolithic to the first millennium BC.
(b) The second one focuses on the palaces of the Assyrian capitals, on their evolution, architecture, use of spaces, decoration of the rooms and iconography.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
P. Matthiae La storia dell'arte dell'Oriente antico. Vol. 4: I grandi imperi. 1000-300 a. C. Electa 1997 978-8-843-55347-1 pp. 11-103
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.

Study materials and bibliographical references will be provided during the lessons. A basic bibliography is given here below:
(a) P. Matthiae, Prima lezione di archeologia orientale, Laterza, Bari 2005;
M. Liverani, Antico Oriente Storia società economia, Laterza, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 1988 (2018, 5 ed.);
D. Nadali e A. Polcaro, Archeologia della Mesopotamia antica, Carocci, Roma 2015.
(b) A. Invernizzi, Dal Tigri all'Eufrate. Vol. 2. Babilonesi e Assiri, Le Lettere, Firenze 1992;
P. Matthiae, La storia dell'arte dell'Oriente antico. Vol. 4: I grandi imperi. 1000-300 a. C., Electa, Milano 1997 (pp. 11-103);
D. Kertai, The Architecture of Late Assyrian Royal Palaces, Oxford University Press 2015.