28774 - Egyptology (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 Gender equality

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students knows the general lines of Egyptology. They are also able to recognize and interpret some aspects of Egyptian civilization and learn the methodologies for dealing with a research.

Course contents

The course is divided into two parts.

The first part of the course is an introduction to the language and hieroglyphic writing of ancient Egypt. In particular, it will focus on the following aspects;
- the hieroglyphs (phonetic signs, determinatives, ideograms);
- the noun;
- the personal pronouns;
- introduction to the non-verbal and verbal sentences

Translation and commentary of a hieroglyphic text in Middle Egyptian.

The second part of the course focuses on the study and analysis of some important aspects of the reign of Amenhotep IV/Akhenaten:

- introduction to the history of the XVIIIth dynasty;

- the reign of Amenhotep III;

- the reign of Akhenaten;

- the god Aten: nature and cult;

- the city of Amarna / Akhetaten;

- the art during the Amarna period;

- relations between Egypt and the Near East at the end of the XVIIIth dynasty;

- the end of the Amarna period: from Tutankhamun to Horemheb.

 

Students attending the course for 6CFU can choose either the first part or the second part of the course.

Readings/Bibliography

First part:
P. Allen, Middle Egyptian. An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs, Cambridge University Press 2014;

Second part:

two of the following books:

1) F. Tiradritti (a cura di), Akhenaton faraone del sole, Milano 2009;

2) A. Dodson, Amarna Sunset, Cairo 2009;

3) A. Dodson, Amarna Sunrise, Cairo 2014:

4) D. Laboury, Akhénaton, Paris 2010;

5) B. Kemp, The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti: Amarna and Its People, London 2012

6) J. Assmann, From Akhenaten to Moses: Ancient Egypt and Religious Change, Cairo 2014;

7) M. Zecchi, Adorare Aten. Testi dalla corte del faraone Akhenaten, Bologna 2019.



  

Teaching methods

Frontal and online lessons. For the part of the course dedicated to the Egyptian language, a text of the Middle Kingdom in hieroglyphic writing will be read, analyzed and commented in class.

Assessment methods

Students who attend at least 75% of the lessons are considered to be attending.

First part of the course: students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge on some aspects of the grammar of the Egyptian language (Middle Egyptian): different typologies of hieroglyphs; the noun; personal pronouns and non-verbal and verbal sentences. Students who demonstrate a solid command of the Egyptian language and an equally good awareness of its grammatical aspects receive an excellent mark. Students with a lesser degree of linguistic competence receive a lower mark. Students who apply their grammatical knowledge mechanically, without showing an adequate awareness of the connections between grammar, meaning and context, who have not acquired the capacity to analyze a text do not pass the exam.

 

Second part: students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge on different aspects of the reign of Akhenaten, of the worship and nature of the god Aten, of the importance of the city of Akhetaten and of the relations between Egypt and the Near East at the end of the XVIIIth dynasty.

Students with a high capability to comment on aspects of the reign of Akhenaten and the religion of the Aten and who demonstrate good critical abilities and an understanding of the chosen bibliography and who express themselves with a language accurate and appropriate to the discipline will receive an excellent mark. Students with a capability to comment on aspects of the program and who demonstrate critical abilities and an understanding of the chosen bibliography and who express themselves with a language appropriate to the discipline will receive a good mark. Students who show to have memorized the main points of the subject, not accompanied by a particular critical ability and who will use a language not always appropriate to the discipline will pass the exam.

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

Teaching tools

Power point and internet resources.

Office hours

See the website of Marco Zecchi