BUILDING HISTORY – Forschungeschichte on the Ancient Near East
University of Verona 28th-29th May 2014 – Aula seminari
Scientific Organization: Simonetta Ponchia – Walther Sallaberger;
Workshop Office: Silvia Gabrieli – Luigi Turri
La giornata è aperta alla partecipazione dei Dottorandi e a quanti fossero interessati
Wednesday, 28th May 2014
3.30 PM – Introduction to the Workshop
Notes on the Study of Literary Texts.
Laying the Foundations for Scholarly Work: The Publication of Sumerian Economic Documents.
5.00 PM – Geographical and Archaeological Research
The Post-Akkadian Period in the Khabur Area: an Archaeological and Historical Problem.
Changing Toponyms: the Names of the Orontes.
Vitreous Materials in the History of Archaeological Research.
Social Complexity and Family Complexity. The Formation of Urban society in Upper Mesopotamia
8.00 PM – Dinner
Thursday, 29th May 2014
9.00 AM – Medicine and Magic
Modern Scholars and the Ancient Insane: Towards a Research History of Psychiatric Interpretation of Mesopotamian Sources.
Approaching Medical Texts: Methodological Notes.
Releasing the libbu of the Man and the Woman: Towards a Forschungsgeschichte of a Sexual Obsession – ŠÀ.ZI.GA Spells and Rituals.
The Akkadian Incantation Prayer: A History of Research on Defining and Analyzing the Genre.
11.00 AM – Images of Power
The Creative Power of Word: Preliminary Notes on a Research Project on Literary Texts.
Urnamma: the Death of a King in the Life of Modern Research.
Polemics on Polemics: Recent Scholarly Trends in the Search for Dissenting Voices in Ancient Mesopotamia.
1.00 PM – Lunch
3.00 PM (Aula 1.2) – General Discussion
Mario Fales – Conclusions
Special Events: Reading the sources in different ways
5.00 PM (Aula 1.2) – Carmen Covito
“Cold Cases”: romanzare l’antichità.
8.00 PM – Buffet Dinner
9.00 PM (Milk Center) – Ludovica Fales
Letters from Palestine (documentary)
Carmen Covito is a writer and a translator. She is the author of many novels, among them the best-selling La bruttina stagionata (Single in the German translation).
Her love for Agatha Christie brought her in Syria, where she found the ispiration to write a detective story set on a very pictoresque archaeological excavation (La rossa e il nero).
In the last few years she has written a couple of witty historical short novels, too: Le ragazze di Pompei, a sort of female Satyricon, and Il processo di Giusta, a judicial proceeding set in Ercolano.
We all belong to a past – a past that can bury us unless we excavate it.
A journey into the unresolved questions of the Middle Eastern Conflict and into the death of a man in the 1920s who believed in the dream of a land shared by Arabs, Jews and Christians. Imagine discovering an unsolved family mystery in your great-grandfather’s letters – a mystery nobody in your family wants to talk about. Angelo Levi Bianchini set out for Palestine on a diplomatic mission in the 1920s and never came back. His story is reconstructed by Ludovica Fales – through his letters and a journey on his steps.
(Letters From Palestine, 2011, 35 mins)