Knowledge of Akkadian grammar and cuneiform writing.
The documents written in the Old Assyrian dialect that have been excavated at Kültepe (ancient Kanesh) and a few other sites in Central Anatolia, dating to the 19th-18th c. BC, contain the earliest direct evidence of life and politics in pre-Hittite Anatolia. In this course, a number of these texts will be read and contextualized. The evidence consists of letters exchanged between kings and other high ranking persons, but also of private archives dealing with commerce and the transfer of ownership. Data from these Anatolian sources will be supplemented by information from Assyrian documents.
Students following this course will acquire:
of Anatolian history and society during the Old Assyrian period
of the Akkadian language and cuneiform used in documents
the political development of Anatolia and adjacent areas
the use of Akkadian as vehicle of local and international communication
reading cuneiform texts from this period
presenting research results to peers
presenting research results in writing
the use of relevant web sites
The timetables are available through My Timetable.
Mode of instruction
Oral presentation on a specific text or topic in April/May
Paper in June
Oral presentation: 20%
The resit assignment will be determined in consultation with the lecturer.
Inspection and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
M.T. Larsen, Ancient Kanesh. A Merchant Colony in Bronze Age Anatolia (2015 or later)
F. Kulakoglu/S. Kangal (eds.), Anatolia’s Prologue, Kültepe Kanesh Karum, Assyriens in Istanbul (2010)
C. Günbatti, Anadolulu Tüccarlar Sarabunuwa ve Peruwa’nin Arsivleri. Kültepe Tabletleri 10 (2016)
A. Kloekhorst, Kanišite Hittite. The Earliest Attested Record of Indo-European (2019)
(These publications can be consulted in the NINO library)
The texts and articles studied in class will be distributed by the instructor.
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