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Overview

Overview

The subjects of ancient oriental studies are the languages, history and culture of the ancient Near East (area of ??the present-day states of Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Jordan) from the beginning of the 4th millennium BC to the time of Hellenism. The common elements of the different cultures are the sources recorded in cuneiform in the central languages ??Akkadian (Assyrian-Babylonian), Hittite and Sumerian. The cuneiform script represented the most important writing system in the Near East during this historical period. The ancient oriental philology accordingly imparts knowledge of the languages ??and scripts of the advanced cultures of the pre-Christian Orient. One of the goals of training at Freie Universität is to enable students to to understand texts in at least two ancient oriental languages ??and to be able to interpret them with regard to scientific problems. The Akkadian is mandatory; Sumerian, Hittite or an alternative ancient oriental language can be chosen as the second language.

The 30 CP module offering does not cover the entire subject of the course (see course structure).

Program Structure

As a 60 CP module offer, ancient oriental studies are combined with a 90 CP core subject. As a 30 CP module offer, ancient oriental studies are combined with a suitable 120 CP core subject or a 90 CP core subject and a further 30 CP module offer.

The course regulations regulate the structure and process of the course. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the module examination. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

Ancient Oriental Studies as a 60 CP module offer

Profile area ancient oriental studies
Introductory module Introduction to ancient oriental studies
Basic module 1. Language: Introduction to Akkadian
Basic module 2. Language: Introduction to Hittite, Sumerian or an alternative ancient oriental language
Extension module Reading Akkadian A - Historical Texts
Extension module Reading Akkadian B - laws, economic and administrative texts
Extension module Reading Akkadian C - literary texts
Extension module Reading Akkadian D - texts of the cultic and learned tradition
Advanced module 2nd language (the three of which build on the selected basic module)

Reading Hittite A - historical, legal and administrative texts
Reading Hittite B - rituals and prayers
Reading Hittite C - mythological and epic texts

or

Reading Sumerian A - letters and documents
Reading Sumerian B - laws, legal and court documents
Reading Sumerian C - literary texts

or

Reading module A alternative ancient oriental language
Reading module B alternative ancient oriental language
Reading module C alternative ancient oriental language

Elective module Areas of expertise in Near Eastern Archeology

Ancient Near Eastern Studies as a 30 CP module offer

option A

Introductory module Introduction to ancient oriental studies
Basic module 1. Language: Introduction to Akkadian
Elective module Areas of expertise in Near Eastern Archeology
Choose from three out of four advanced modules:
Extension module Reading Akkadian A - Historical Texts
Extension module Reading Akkadian B - laws, economic and administrative texts
Extension module Reading Akkadian C - literary texts
Extension module

Reading Akkadian D - texts of the cultic and learned tradition

Variant B

Introductory module Introduction to ancient oriental studies
Basic module 1. Language: Introduction to Akkadian
Basic module 2. Language: Introduction to Hittite, Sumerian or an alternative ancient oriental language
Basic module 3. Language: Introduction to Hittite, Sumerian or an alternative ancient oriental language
 choose one out of nine:
Advanced modules

Reading Hittite A - historical, legal and administrative texts or
reading Hittite B - rituals and prayers or
reading Hittite C - mythological and epic texts or

Reading Sumerian A - letters and documents or
reading Sumerian B - laws, legal and court documents or
reading Sumerian C - literary texts or

Reading module A alternative ancient oriental language or
reading module B alternative ancient oriental language or
reading module C alternative ancient oriental language

Elective module Areas of expertise in Near Eastern Archeology

Additional entry requirements
English (level B1 GER)

Career Prospects

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course. Since ancient oriental studies are studied as a module within the framework of a combined bachelor's degree, the chosen core subject shapes the professional qualification.


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