MIDEAST 240 - Ancient Egypt: Religion and Culture
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Middle East Studies (MIDEAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

From temples and tombs to animal cults and festivals of drunkenness, this course is an introduction to the religion of ancient Egypt in its cultural context. We will examine the practice of religion through art, archaeology and literature, as well as study how belief systems develop and change. Students will explore the definitions of religion in ancient Egypt, the Egyptian understandings of gods and goddesses, Egyptian cosmology and mythology, temples and their priesthoods, and the roles and uses of magic. A major component of this course will focus on the reading of the Egyptian "Book of the Dead" in translation and a study of its illustrations as an entry-point into understanding Egyptian afterlife beliefs and funerary practices.

Course Requirements:

Attendance and participation, one quiz, two exams, short paper

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates, no background necessary

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly and a 60 minute discussion section

MIDEAST 240 - Ancient Egypt: Religion and Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
F 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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ISBN: 9780801441653
Gods and men in Egypt : 3000 BCE to 395 CE, Author: Dunand, Franc?oise., Publisher: Cornell University Press 2004
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