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 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 bilingual (Greek-Aramaic) inscriptions (5 CFU): transliteration, translation and commentary of an anthology of texts (1st-3rd cent. AD). Further discussion will take place about their function in the archaeological context.

Textbook Information

- J.F. Healey, Aramaic Inscriptions and Documents of the Roman Period (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2009), pp. 1-38, 154-161.

- G. Petrantoni, Corpus of Nabataean-Aramaic–Greek Inscriptions (Venezia: Edizioni Ca’ Foscari, 2021), pp. 1-26, 31-35, 52-55, 63-67.

- J.B. Segal, ‘Arabs at Hatra and the Vicinity: Marginalia on New Aramaic Texts’, «Journal of Semitic Studies» 31 (1986), pp. 57-80.

- F. Safar, ‘Inscriptions from Wadi Hauran’, «Sumer» 18 (1962), pp. 9-27.

- J. Teixidor, ‘Deux inscriptions palmyréniennes du musée de Bagdad’, «Syria» 40 (1963), pp. 33-46.

- J. Starcky, ‘Une inscription palmyrénienne trouvée près de l’Euphrate’, «Syria» 40 (1963), pp. 47-55.

- M. Moriggi, ‘A preliminary catalogue of the Aramaic ostraca from Kifrin’, «Mesopotamia» 55 (2020), pp. 36-49.


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