History and Society of the Near East and Ancient Egypt II

lglor2511  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

History and Society of the Near East and Ancient Egypt II
5.00 credits
30.0 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2021-2022
It is advisable that the student has followed the course LGLOR1511, and that he possesses an elementary knowledge of Akkadian, Hittite and/or Egyptian.
Main themes
In-depth study of the Ancient Near East and of pharaonic Egypt.
Alternating with LGLOR2512, this course deals with the following themes, on the base of textual, archaeological and iconographical sources:
1. One or several themes concerning Ancient Near Eastern history;
2. One or several themes concerning Egyptian history;
3. The question of Egyptian-Hittite relations

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this course, the student will be familiar with a rigorous scientific approach to specific questions on the history of these civilisations.
This course consists of three successive parts.
1. The Ancient Near East (Jan Tavernier), possible themes:
- the role of Syria in the Hittite Empire (15-13th centuries B.C.);
- the image of the Hittites in the eyes of the Mesopotamians;
- specific issues in Elamite history.
2. Egyptian/Hittite relations (Jan Tavernier and Claude Obsomer)
- the 14th Century (the Hittite expansion under Suppiluliuma I);
- the 13th Century (the campaigns of Seti I and Ramses II, the Egyptian-Hittite treaty).
3. Pharaonic Egypt (Claude Obsomer), possible themes:
- Egypt's relations with Nubia (to the south);
- aspects of the reign of Ramesses II.
Teaching methods
The course will be given using abundantly illustrated ppt, including maps, texts and pictures.
Evaluation methods
An oral exam, on the basis of written preparation. The student will be questioned by one of the two teachers.
Online resources
The following are available on the Moodle server :
- the textual material and the power points of themes relating to the Ancient Near East;
- the ppt of themes relating to Egypt.
Pour le Proche-Orient, les éléments bibliographiques seront fournis en fonction des thèmes choisis.
Pour l'Égypte :
- T.C. Bryce, The Kingdom of the Hittites, 2e éd., Oxford, 2005.
- Cl. Obsomer, dans M.-C. Bruwier, Pharaons noirs, Mariemont, 2007, p. 39-75.
- Cl. Obsomer, Ramsès II, Paris, 2012.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Oriental Studies