The course will be based on lectures with an intense interaction with students through individual presentations that will be followed by thematic essays.
The course on the Archaeology of Religious Practices in the Near East will be dedicated to the study of the material culture of the ancient societies that haveinhabited a large geographical area limited by the Mediterranean basin, to the west, and by the Indus valley, to the east, dating from prehistoric periods until the arrival of Alexander the Great in the region (330 BC). More specifically, it will investigate the archaeological and textual data related to the religious dimension of the societies inhabiting such large region that was marked by the appearance of the first ceremonial architecture of humankind, as is the case of the 10000 years old buildings discovered at Gobekli Tepe (SE Turkey), of the beginning of polytheism in southern Mesopotamia during the IV millennium BC, and, obviously, the emergence of the first form of monotheism in the Levant the first millennium BC.
Kaniuth K. Et al. (2013). Temple im Alten Orient. Harrassowitz. Ca. 100 pagine estratte dai vari contributi al volume.
Laneri N. (a cura di, 2014) Defining the Sacred.Approaches to the archaeology of religion in the Near East Oxbow Books, Oxford. Pp.1-250.
Mander P. (2009). La Religione dell’Antica Mesopotamia. Carocci. Pp. 1-174.
Oggiano I. (2005). Dal terreno al divino. Archeologia del culta nella Palestina del Primo Millennio. Carocci. Pp. 294