Course Objective- Training of language skills in Akkadian: grammar, reading of
- Reinforcement of detailed historical knowledge.
- Acquisition of skills needed for a scientific edition of unedited
cuneiform texts, or: skills to work with text databases.
Course ContentThe topics of this course change yearly so that Research Master students
can participate in both years. The specific topics and literature will
be announced by the teacher via Canvas.
Teaching MethodsReading and research seminar (2 hours per week). It is a combination of
Akkadian reading, independent research by the students and discussion
seminar. Students will present the results of their research in class.
Method of AssessmentWeekly assignments on the basis of original text and secondary
literature; preparations of discussions; student's oral presentation in
class (all together 40% of final grade). Take-home exam (60% of final
Entry RequirementsAdvanced knowledge of Akkadian and cuneiform signs, equivalent to a BA
in Ancient Studies with a specialization in Ancient Near Eastern Studies
at the VU or at the University of Leiden, or a BA in Assyriology
LiteratureWill be announced (depends on the specific topic)
Target AudienceMaster and Research Master Ancient Studies with Babylonian
Additional InformationThis course alternates yearly with Akkadian Master Seminar 2A. In
2019/20 the 1A course will be offered.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. K. Kleber|
|Examiner||prof. dr. K. Kleber|
prof. dr. K. Kleber
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