Introduction to ancient Near Eastern literature (m)
Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
L-OR/01 - HISTORY OF ANCIENT NEAR EAST
CuCi IB dal Nov 9, 2020 al Jan 9, 2021.
The course is meant as an introduction to the study of a complex culture where writing had its origin, and various expressive forms were created – such as mythological compositions, devotional and wisdom literature, heroic and historiographic narrative, etc. The wide spectrum of Near Eastern literatures includes different languages spoken in the various areas where cuneiform script spread and was used since the III millennium BC. Phenomena of transmission are evident in contemporary and successive cultures during the II and I millennia BC. The course aims at providing a general introduction to the genres and main literary works of Near Eastern literatures with particular reference to the Mesopotamian (Sumero-Akkadian) tradition and to illustrate the contexts of production and reception of the most representative texts, the dynamics of their transmission, canonization and innovation. Through the illustration of the characteristics of Sumero-Akkadian literature and its relationships with other cultures, the course also provides an important complement to the study of ancient literature of the Mediterranean area.
The course is organized in two parts. The first consists of a general introduction to Syro-Mesopotamian history, from III to I millennium BCE, from the perspective of scribal and literary activity and production, and of the development and spreading of the Sumero-Akkadian literary tradition. The second part focusses on a sector of this tradition, i.e. scribal activity in Neo-Assyrian time. It investigates the chronological and spatial distribution of textual collections, their formation and content, especially as far as Nineveh and the so-called Ashurbanipal's library are concerned.
The reference texts listed in the Bibliography are integrated during the lessons by presenting sources and discussing some additional examples of secondary literature; a summary of the topics discussed will be uploaded to the e-learning platform.
||Before The Muses: An Anthology Of Akkadian Literature
||Letterature dell'antica Mesopotamia
Final oral assessment. Purposes of the assessment are to verify the acquired knowledge; language skills; ability of connecting knowledge; analytical and discussion skills.
The assessment will consist of questions on the topics treated during the course, on chapters of the reference books and synthesis provided in slides. The evaluation is expressed in thirtieths.
Not attending students and Erasmus students are kindly requested to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course in order to agree on the programme and assessment modalities.