Which are the deepest roots of that mix of cultures that we use to call ‘Mediterranean Civilization’? Which are comminglings and exchanges which produced its most complete fruit, i.e. the city, a place for landscape-modelling communities? And which elements did contribute to build up that baulk of customs, ideas, and innovations which compelled to confrontation and hybridizations different peoples for millennia? What did it made, from pottery to metallurgy, from gastronomy to architecture, from art to religion, of a sea a cradle of civilization? Archaeology may help in disentangling such questions, seeking unexpected answers , by tinkering what ancient Mediterranean peoples left buried in the ground. A privileged point of view of our course is the ancient Phoenician city of Motya, located exactly at the centre of the “sea in the middle”. Throughout the live experience of excavation, with images taken on the field, this course will let you touch the many tesserae of the great mosaic of the Mediterranean Civilization. The field diary of the archaeologist, and the handpick will be the two tools, which will lead us across the sea to discover what such early cities actually were, and how their contribute is still a major part of our shared memory.
At the Origins of the Mediterranean Civilization: Archaeology of the City from the Levant to the West - 3rd-1st millennium BCSapienza University of Rome
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course
Towards the West
Concept of the city
Life and Ideology
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TOP REVIEWS FROM AT THE ORIGINS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN CIVILIZATION: ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE CITY FROM THE LEVANT TO THE WEST - 3RD-1ST MILLENNIUM BC
I really enjoyed this course and learned a lot about little-known ancient civilization. I highly recommend this course to any Western ancient historian.
I really enjoyed this hands on approach to teaching. the professor was enlightening and entertaining and passionate about the subject. loved it being on site most of the time8
It was very interesting. It was sometimes hard to understand what the Professor was saying and the written notes didn't always help.
Thank you Professor Nigrio for your work in putting together this wonderful course. Thanks also to Sapienza University staff who helped in this effort.
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