Undergraduate Course: The Punic Mediterranean (CACA10043)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Whether it's 'Hannibal at the gates' or 'Carthage must be destroyed', scaremongering about the Punic world was a common trope in Roman culture. History is written by the victors, and much of what we know of the Punic world is filtered through Roman voices - but are these sources providing a fair representation of Punic life? This course introduces students to an oft-overlooked Mediterranean culture and dispels some of the long-lasting myths surrounding Carthage and its 'empire'.
Whether it's 'Hannibal at the gates' or 'Carthage must be destroyed', scaremongering about the Punic world was a common trope in Roman culture. Historic mentions of a Punic empire with Carthage as its capital focus on the might of the military and navy, the economic strength of trade networks, and the barbarism of many Punic cultural practices. History is written by the victors, and much of what we know of Punic practices is filtered through Roman voices - but are these sources providing a fair representation of Punic life? The material culture left behind by a geographically diverse and long-lasting civilization tells a different story.
This course serves as an introduction to the history and archaeology of the Punic Mediterranean, from the earliest Phoenician colonization, to the various aspects of rural and urban life at the height of Carthaginian influence, to the afterlife of Punic culture and language in the Roman world, and concluding with a discussion of the imagined Carthaginian past in modern North Africa and Sardinia. Overall, the course will both introduce students to an oft-overlooked ancient Mediterranean culture and dispel some of the long-lasting myths surrounding Carthage and its 'empire'.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics, History or Archaeology (at least 1 of which should be in Classical Art and Archaeology or Roman History) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, by way of seminar discussion, coursework and written examination as required, command of the main sites, historical events, and material culture of the Punic world;
- demonstrate, by way of seminar discussion, coursework and written examination as required, an ability to critically engage with dominant theories of identity and postcolonial interaction and to apply those theories to ancient Punic materials;
- demonstrate, by way of seminar discussion, coursework and written examination as required, an ability to understand and evaluate a variety of archaeological source material in relation to wider research themes;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and seminar discussion as required, improved research skills in formulating a historical argument in oral and written form, along with skills in academic prose, citation, and the compilation of a bibliography.
|Aubet, M.E. 2001. The Phoenicians and the West: Politics, Colonies, and Trade. 2nd edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press|
Dietler, M., and C. López-Ruiz (eds.) 2009. Colonial Encounters in Ancient Iberia: Phoenicians Greeks and Indigenous Relations. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Hoyos, D. 2010. The Carthaginians. London: Routledge.
Hoyos, D. (ed.) 2015. A Companion to the Punic Wars. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell.
Lancel, S. 1995. Carthage: A History. Oxford: Blackwell.
Markoe, G. 2002. Phoenicians. London: British Museum Press.
Miles, R. 2010. Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Mediterranean Civilization. London: Allan Lane.
Quinn, J. 2018. In Search of the Phoenicians. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Quinn, J.C., and N.C. Vella (eds.) 2014. The Punic Mediterranean: Identities and Identification from Phoenician Settlement to Roman Rule. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
van Dommelen, P., and C. Goméz Bellard (eds.) 2008. Rural Landscapes of the Punic World. London: Equinox.
Xella, P. (ed.) 2013. The Tophet in the Phoenician Mediterranean. Studi Epigrafici e Linguistici 29-30. Verona.
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|Course organiser||Dr Andrew Dufton
Tel: (0131 6)50 4384
|Course secretary||Ms Jenni Vento
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781