29649 - Phoenician-Punic Archaeology (1) (LM)

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SDGs

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

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student will have informations at the higher level of specific aspects of Phoenician and Punic archeology, as a basis for developing further study and application of the knowledge learned. The student will be able to describe and catalog the artifacts critically, with good skills in the bibliography.

Course contents

1. Introduction to Phoenician and Punic Archaeology

The extent of this part of the course will be determined on the basis of the cultural background of the attending students and verified the possible basic gaps (from a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 5 lessons).

Topics considered basic for the deeper study described in point 2 of this section of the programme will be briefly discussed, such as:

- the identity of "Phoenicians" and "Punics" between history, microhistory and archaeology;

- relations with the substrata in the contexts of expansion;

- commercial contacts and cultural exchanges with the great civilisations of the ancient Near East and the pre-Roman Mediterranean.


2. Archaeology of production and material culture from the Phoenician East to the Punic Mediterranean

We will examine the archaeological data relating to various expressions of Phoenician and Punic material culture, analysing the different evidence of production chains that can be traced between the Syrian-Palestinian coast and the central-western Mediterranean, from the end of the Bronze Age to Romanization (from a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 12 lessons).

In particular, starting from the study of each single handcraft productions, the technological aspects of the various materials examined will be explored, as well as the issue of the contexts of supply of raw matters.


Readings/Bibliography

STUDENTS WHO HAVE ATTENDED AT LEAST 12 OF THE 15 LESSONS ARE CONSIDERED TO BE ATTENDING. STUDENTS WHO ARE ABSENT FOR MORE THAN 3 LESSONS CANNOT BE CONSIDERED TO BE ATTENDING, AND WILL HAVE TO PREPARE THE NON-ATTENDING PROGRAMME DESCRIBED BELOW.

PROGRAMME FOR ATTENDING STUDENTS

1. Lecture notes (integrated at the end of the lectures by the images and slides projected during the course and provided by the teacher on Virtuale, through a password, only to those students who have actually attended the course).

REQUIRED SUPPORTING BIBLIOGRAPHY (available online or on Virtuale)

1. A.C. Fariselli, Imitatori e interpreti: la parabola dell’«eclettismo fenicio», in Proceedings of Truth and lies in fakes and forgeries. Verità e menzogna nel falso, Ravenna 16-17 marzo 2017, Bologna 2018, pp. 79-97.

2. A.C. Fariselli, Maschere antropomorfe in terracotta nell’Oriente fenicio: riflessioni per la redazione di un corpus, in A. Lemaire (ed.), Mélanges en l’honneur de Josette Elayi: Phéniciens d'Orient et d'Occident (= CIPOA, 2), Paris 2014, pp. 147-167.

3. R. Secci, Erodoto (IV, 196), Cartagine e l'oro africano: alcune riflessioni, in GriseldaOnline 2011.

4. R. Secci, Il ruolo di Cartagine nel Mediterraneo centrale: nuovi dati e prospettive alla luce della documentazione ceramica, in L'Africa Romana. Atti del XVII Convegno internazionale di studi. Le ricchezze dell’Africa. Risorse, produzioni, scambi, Sevilla, 14-17 dicembre 2006, Roma 2008, pp. 135-149.

5. E. Acquaro, Incidere rasoi, a Cartagine, in Gerion 24, 2006, pp. 27-33.

PROGRAMME FOR NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS

Non-attending students, in addition to necessarily studying the texts indicated in points 1-5 of the Bibliography, will have to integrate the programme with the following texts:

four articles from the monographic volume Cartagine fuori da Cartagine: mobilità nordafricana nel Mediterraneo centro-occidentale fra VIII e II sec. a.C.(= BYRSA. Scritti sull'antico Oriente Mediterraneo 33-34, 2018).

OR

four articles from the journal volume BYRSA. Scritti sull'antico Oriente Mediterraneo 35-36, 2019.



Teaching methods

Frontal lessons with use of power point.
The active involvement of the students will be requested and moments of seminar discussion will be created.

At the end of the course, attending students may have the opportunity to participate in the excavations at the Tharros site (OR).

Assessment methods

The evaluation of learning will take place through individual interviews.

No distinction will be made between attending and non-attending students as regards the assessment policy.

The student will have to prove that he/she has the basic notions of Phoenician and Punic civilisation. On the basis of the lessons attended, the student must be able to contextualise the documentary sources submitted (archaeological, iconographic, etc.). The test will also involve a precise questioning of all the texts indicated in the bibliographic programme.

EXCELLENT EVALUATION
If the student demonstrates knowledge of the subject, an excellent capacity for exposition and logical connections between different historical-archaeological problems, he/she will obtain the maximum mark (30). If the presentation is excellent, honours will be added (cum laude).

GOOD OR FAIR EVALUATION
Students with basic knowledge who are able to contextualise the archaeological materials examined, even if the language used is not always appropriate to the subject, will pass the examination. The awarding of a mark more or less close to 29 will depend on the critical capacity, the methodological autonomy demonstrated during the interview and the fluency of the discourse that the student will be able to organise in response to the questions.


SUFFICIENT EVALUATION 
Students whose basic knowledge is not homogeneous and who have little mastery of exposition, but who are able to answer at least two questions correctly, showing that they have done at least some preparatory work on their notes and/or texts, will be awarded a mark between 18 and 25.


NEGATIVE EVALUATION
Students with a lack of preparation, no ability to analyse the discipline and who have not memorised the bibliography will not pass the exams.


Teaching tools

Power point presentations; online teaching materials (for attending students ONLY); additional specialised bibliography assigned on a voluntary basis.

Office hours

See the website of Anna Chiara Fariselli