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At the Origins of the Mediterranean Civilization: Archaeology of the City from the Levant to the West – 3rd-1st millennium BC (Coursera)

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.

Who is this class for: The course is offered to a general well educated public, basically interested in the history and archaeology of ancient Mediterranean, with a novel approach, inspired by most recent and updated results of field research.

Syllabus

WEEK 1

Towards the West

Graded: Into the West

WEEK 2

Concept of the city

Graded: The idea of the city

WEEK 3

Discovering Motya

Graded: Discovering Motya

WEEK 4

Life and Ideology

Graded: Ideology and Life

WEEK 5

Stars sparkling in the waters

Graded: Stars sparkling in the water

WEEK 6

An Identity to share

Graded: An identity to share

WEEK 7

A changing society

Graded: A changing society

WEEK 8

Portrait of an harbour city

Graded: Picture of a city

Graded: Final Quiz

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