85188 - Phoenician and Punic Antiquities

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student has information at the level of specific aspects of Phoenician and Punic archeology, from the First Iron Age to the Hellenism, as a basis for developing further studies and applications of knowledge learned. The student is capable of describing and cataloging the artifacts related to the critical studies, with good skills in the bibliography.

Course contents

Art and handcraft between Phoenician and Punic Mediterranean: themes and techniques.


The course will be conducted according to the cultural background of attending students. Some introductory lessons of a general nature (from 3 to 5) may be envisaged to compensate for any gaps.


  1.  Lectures notes.
  2.  A.C. Fariselli, Imitatori e interpreti: la parabola dell’«eclettismo fenicio», in G. Garzia – C. Matteucci – M. Vandini (edd.), Verità e menzogna nel falso. Truth and lies in fakes and forgeries (= Studi sul patrimonio culturale. Collana del Dipartimento di Beni Culturali, 6), Bologna 2018, pp. 79-97.
  3. H. Benichou-Safar, Iconologie générale et iconographie carthaginoise, in Antiquités africaines, 43, 2007. L'Afrique du Nord de la protohistoire à la conquête arabe, pp. 5-46.

Program for non-attending students

Non-attending students are expected to complement bibliographic material with:

1. A.C. Fariselli, Note di iconografia punica in Sardegna. Il triangolo apicato, in C. Del Vais (ed.), EPI OINOPA PONTON. Studi sul Mediterraneo antico in ricordo di Giovanni Tore, Oristano 2012, pp. 539-49.

2. R. Secci, Da Nimrud a Cartagine. Rilettura iconografica di un rasoio punico al Museo del Bardo, in Byrsa, 19-20 (2011), pp. 129-52.

3. E. Acquaro, Note di glittica punica: Cartagine, Tharros e Ibiza,
in Acquaro E. – Callieri P. (edd.), Transmarinae imagines. Studi sulla trasmissione di iconografie tra Mediterraneo ed Asia in età classica ed ellenistica (= Studi e ricerche sui beni culturali, 5), Sarzana, 1-23.

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons and seminar activities. Attendance is encouraged, although not mandatory, and students' active participation in the lessons.

Laboratory exercises are planned, with the possibility of examining the raw materials and artifacts (in copy) typical of Phoenician and Punic handicraft.

Assessment methods

The examination will take place through individual interviews.

Students must know the fundamentals of the Phoenician and Punic civilization. They must also be able to place within the historical framework archaeological, epigraphic and iconographical sources examined during the lessons. The assessment will also involve a detailed interrogation of all the texts listed in the bibliographic program.

If the student demonstrates mastery of the subject, excellent exposure and logical connections between different historical-archaeological issues and about the bibliography will receive a good mark.
Students with a basic knowledge, who will be able to contextualize the archaeological materials examined and who will use a language not always appropriate to the subject will pass the exam.

Students with a lack of preparation, and who have not acquired the capacity to analyse the discipline and who have not memorized the bibliography will not pass the exam.

Teaching tools

Power point presentations, specific bibliography, teaching materials online (only for attending students).

Office hours

See the website of Anna Chiara Fariselli