CLCIV 456 - Egypt after the Pharaohs: Public and Private Life in an Ancient Multicultural Society
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
CLCIV 101, or HISTORY 200 or 201, or an introductory class in Egyptian archaeology or history; or CLCIV 102, or CLARCH 221 or 222, or HISTART 221 or 222.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course aims to study a major ancient culture that is not consistently represented in the traditional core curriculum for the study of ancient Mediterranean societies. The focus is reversed towards one of the major ancient cultures that has fascinated both the ancient super-powers of Greece and Rome and the moderns alike with its peculiar gods and mysterious religious practices. Our study will move beyond anachronistic stereotypes to deal with Egypt as an ancient multicultural society where Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Jews, and other cultural groups co-existed for more than a millennium. In a time of rapid change the study of civilizations with roots radically different from our own can provide an interesting form of reorientation. And a multicultural society, such as Egypt, that managed to survive for centuries on principles we no longer share presents something of a challenge. Egypt offers great advantages in the exploration of what we want to think of as "contemporary" issues, such as ethnicity, class, gender, and social mobility. The arid climate of the desert has preserved several thousands of documents on papyrus in Greek, Egyptian, and other alphabets, which span over a millennium after the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great. The survival of such a corpus of "raw" data provides a unique gateway for an intimate look into the spheres of public and private life in Egypt, the complexity of the Egyptian culture, and its interface with the Greeks and the Romans, as well as modes of reaction to foreign rule. Egypt was the oldest and most prestigious culture known to the Greeks, and it impressed many of the ancient Greek writers. This course has an exemplary rather than a comprehensive aim: after an historical and geographic orientation, the study will proceed with case studies in a diachronic form on concrete themes such as life in the towns and the countryside, ethnicity, gender, religion, army and administration, social mobility. The planned readings will include recent secondary work as well as primary texts in translation. Requirements will include regular quizzes and two critical papers of 7-10 pages.

CLCIV 456 - Egypt after the Pharaohs: Public and Private Life in an Ancient Multicultural Society
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001 (LEC)
MWF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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