Informações sobre o curso
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.
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cursos 100% online

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Nível iniciante

Clock

Approx. 12 hours to complete

Sugerido: 4 hours/week
Comment Dots

English

Legendas: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Towards the West

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Reading
4 videos (Total 36 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
1.1 On the routes of Phoenicians5m
1.2 Crossing the Middle Sea13m
1.3 Concept of the city15m
Reading1 readings
Suggested readings10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Into the West20m

2

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Concept of the city

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Reading
3 videos (Total 34 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
2.2 The Palace the heart of the city11m
2.3 A society in a network15m
Reading1 readings
Suggested readings10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
The idea of the city20m

3

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Discovering Motya

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Reading
3 videos (Total 17 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
3.2 Prehistoric Motya from Levantines to Myceneans6m
3.3 Phoenicians’ arrival6m
Reading1 readings
Suggested readings10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Discovering Motya20m

4

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Life and Ideology

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Reading
3 videos (Total 38 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
4.2 The sacred waters and the inferior world8m
4.3 The Temple of the Kothon16m
Reading1 readings
Suggested readings10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Ideology and Life20m

5

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Stars sparkling in the waters

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Reading
4 videos (Total 54 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
5.2 Astarte: the thousand faces of the goddess16m
5.3 The sacred precint10m
5.4 Ancient anchors8m
Reading1 readings
Suggested readings10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Stars sparkling in the water20m

6

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

An Identity to share

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Reading
3 videos (Total 34 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
6.2 The Tophet15m
6.3 The Tophet and the city7m
Reading1 readings
Suggested readings10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
An identity to share20m

7

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

A changing society

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Reading
3 videos (Total 39 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
7.2: Finds and colour of the daily life11m
7.3 Dwelling quarter15m
Reading1 readings
Suggested readings10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
A changing society20m

8

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Portrait of an harbour city

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Reading
3 videos (Total 30 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
8.2: War and defences7m
8.3: Integration and destruction: the Motya charioteer13m
Reading1 readings
Suggested readings10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Picture of a city20m
Final Quiz20m
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Top Reviews

By CGAug 10th 2017

wonderful explanation along with good slides and maps and incredible readings\n\nbut the main organization was my favorite part because I learned so much about ancient cities as well as Motya

By AJul 29th 2017

A very informative and interesting study of the origins of Mediterranean civilization. The course is packed with examples and explanations and delivered by the superb Prof. Nigro

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About Sapienza University of Rome

Sapienza University of Rome, founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII, is the oldest University in Rome and the largest in Europe. Since its founding over 700 years ago, Sapienza has played an important role in Italian history and has been directly involved in key changes and developments in society, economics and politics. It has contributed to the development of Italian and European science and culture in all areas of knowledge. The main campus, designed by Marcello Piacentini, was opened in 1935. It is situated close to the city centre, and is the largest in Europe - a real city within a city where teaching activities are integrated with libraries and museums as well as comprehensive student services. Faculties and Departments also carry out their activities in decentralized locations in different parts of the city. There are two other university campuses elsewhere in Lazio. Sapienza offers a vast array of courses including degree programmes, PhD courses, one to two year professional courses, and Specialization Schools in many disciplines, run by 63 Departments and 11 Faculties. ...

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