ACABS 281 - Ancient Egypt and its World
Section: 101
Term: SP 2009
Subject: Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS)
Department: LSA Near Eastern Studies
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What was the world of the ancient Egyptians? ACABS 281, "Ancient Egypt and its World," is an undergraduate introductory survey of ancient Egyptian culture and history, with the objective that students gain a basic understanding of the ancient Egyptian world. There are no prerequisites, and the course is intended for students with no background in the subject, as well as for students with prior coursework on ancient Egypt. Through lectures and multimedia, students will gain an overview of the main periods and trends in ancient Egyptian political history and material culture, as well as an understanding of Egyptian society, religion, and literature. Though it covers the pre-dynastic rise of the state in ancient Egypt, the core of this class is the Dynastic (or Pharaonic) period – the era of indigenous kings of Egypt, ca. 3,000 BCE - 343 BCE. Other topics will include notions of kingship; the status of women; attitudes towards death and strategies for denying it; contacts and relationships with the “outside” world; principal types of archaeological sites; and hieroglyphs, the sacred script of the ancient Egyptian writing system. Also considered will be the perception and representation of Egypt in modern film, fiction, and the press.

Requirements: attendance at lectures is mandatory. Grading: a midterm exam worth 35%; a final exam worth 35%; and assignments based on the reading, worth a combined total of 30%.

Required reading: there is a primary textbook, and students will also read ancient texts (in English translation) that cover a wide range of styles and genres, from literary texts to monumental inscriptions.

ACABS 281 - Ancient Egypt and its World
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101 (LEC)
MWF 3:00PM - 5:00PM
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