J.F. Healey, Aramaic Inscriptions & Documents of the Roman Period. Textbook fo Syrian Semitic Inscriptions, Volume IV. Oxford 2009;
H. Gzella, A Cultural History of Aramaic. From the Beginnings to the Advent of Islam. Leiden-Boston 2015;
J. Cantineau, Le Nabatéen, 2 vols. Paris 1930-1932;
J.C. Haelewyck, Grammaire comparée des langues sémitiques. Eléments de phonétique, de morphologie et de syntaxe. Bruxelles 2016.
The course focuses its attention on the origin of the alphabet and the writing system of the Semitic languages with special attention to he Aramaic varieties. Moreover, the course offers an introduction to the Aramaic languages deepening the epigraphic documents written in Nabataean Aramaic.
Knowledge of one of the Semitic languages, even at fundamental level, and smatterings of Linguistics.
The teaching methodology combines frontal lessons with practical exercises consisting of reading and translation of Nabataean Aramaic documents with final philological discussion. Slides will be employed.
Texts and lecture notes will be provided by the teacher.
Type of Assessment
Introduction to the writing systems of the Semitic languages through the origin and development of the alphabet. Introduction to the cultural history of Aramaic and its epigraphic records. Reading, analysis and interpretation of documents written in Nabataean Aramaic.
The aim of the course is to deepen the Nabataean lingual evidences facing the main paleographic, phonological and morphological problems of the Nabataean Aramaic, between the 1st century B.C. and the 2nd century A.D. Moreover, the attention is focused on the transitional period, between the usage of the Nabataean characters and the rising Old-Arabic writing, analyzing it in a historic and linguistic wider context.