Course code SDSK1080
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of student independent work hours
4 6 64 64 96
E-courses SDSK1080: Introduction to the Study of the Ancient Near East
Course annotation The course deals with the development and different aspects of the Ancient Near Eastern literature and culture (starting from ca. 3000 BC), as it was reflected in ancient sources by different peoples living in this territory. The development of various writing systems are studied (Sumerian, Accadian, Hittite, Phoenician, Ugaritic etc.), as well as cultural environment, mythology, epic poems, contracts and political treaties, law codices, lists (historical, geographical etc.), private letters and omens.

Results During the course students are expected to expand and deepen their understanding of the cultural milieu of the Ancient Near Eastern civilization with its favorable preconditions for development of writing and literature. The written sources reflecting this development will be analyzed. Regarding their academic competency, students (1) will take hold of the languages and development of different writing systems in the Ancient Near East, (2) will deepen their understanding and knowledge of different literary genres (3) will widen their insight of the Ancient Near Eastern texts of political, mythological, juridical, economic etc. character. Regarding their professional competencies, students (1) will acquire skills in detecting the key elements of the ancient writing systems, (2) will learn to use various ancient Near Eastern texts in the Asian studies, (3) will get used to analyzing different elements in the ancient Near Eastern cultural milieu, and to applying various methods and tools in this analysis.
Course plan 1. The study of the Ancient Near East, principal categories, geographic and historic boundaries. L10
2. The Ancient Near East writing systems and their development. L4
3. The list of kings, eponyms and ancient archive materials. L14
4. The impact of the economic basis on the cultural development, as it is reflected the Ancient Near Eastern documents. L6
5. Ancient Near Eastern laws and codices. L6
6. Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian myths. Epics, wisdom and sacral literature. L20
7. Development of art and sciences. L4

Requirements for obtaining credit points The attendance of lectures is obligatory. The total mark is calculated through the evaluation of the two course tests (each of them 25%) and the results at the final (written) exam (50%).
Study programmes Asian Studies