L-OR/07 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

1) Knowledge of the most relevant contents and methodologies of Semitic epigraphy; 2) groundings of Aramaic epigraphy from Mesopotamia (Late Antiquity, 1st-3rd cent. AD); 3) development of reading skills of epigraphic texts in Hatran Aramaic language in diachronic perspective. (Dublin Descriptors 1, 2, 3).

Course Structure

Class lectures

Lessons will be taught in English

Detailed Course Content

1) Introduction to Semitic Epigraphy (1 CFU): history of scholarship, a geographical and historical overview on epigraphic Semitic languages.

2) Reading Hatran Aramaic (5 CFU): transliteration, translation and comment of an anthology of Hatran Aramaic texts (Middle Aramaic, 1st-3rd cent. AD). Further discussion will take place about their relationship with the archaeological context.

Textbook Information

- J.F. Healey, Aramaic Inscriptions and Documents of the Roman Period, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2009, pp. 1-51, 276-310.

- F.A. Pennacchietti, ‘Benedizione o maledizione? A proposito dell’iscrizione aramaica n. 24 di Hatra (Iraq)’, «Folia Orientalia» 16 (1975), pp. 57-64.

- M. Moriggi, ‘Recent Studies in Hatran Aramaic Texts’, «Mesopotamia» 45 (2010), pp. 123-132.

- H. Gzella, ‘Assur, Hatra, and the Rest of Eastern Mesopotamia’, in Idem, A Cultural History of Aramaic, Brill, Leiden-Boston 2015, pp. 271-275.


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All the books listed in the program can be consulted in the Library.

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