NEAREAST 243 - Ancient Egypt and its World
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Near East Studies (NEAREAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

What was the world of the ancient Egyptians? NEAREAST 243, "Ancient Egypt and its World," is an undergraduate introductory survey of ancient Egyptian culture, with the objective that students gain a basic understanding of the ancient Egyptian world.

Through lectures, demonstrations, and films, the student will gain insight into Egyptian society, religion, and literature, as well as an overview of the main periods and trends in ancient Egyptian political history and material culture. 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. We will visit the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, to see the material remains of Egyptian culture firsthand.

Course Requirements:

Attendance in all lectures and discussion sections is mandatory.

Grading: Three exams (worth a total of 50%); two writing assignments (40%); participation in discussion section (10%).

Intended Audience:

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.

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly

NEAREAST 243 - Ancient Egypt and its World
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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ISBN: 9780521616898
Egypt and the Egyptians, Author: Douglas J. Brewer and Emily Teeter., Publisher: Cambridge Univ. Press 2. ed. 2007
ISBN: 0141395958
Writings from Ancient Egypt, Author: Wilkinson, Toby A. H., 1969-
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