In this course you will survey sites and monuments of painting, sculpture,
architecture, and the minor arts of ancient Egypt from the prehistoric
period through the Roman conquest, with the emphasis on
the pharaonic period.
Cyril Aldred, The Egyptians (ISBN: 0500280363), 3rd rev ed., September 1998
Gay Robins, The Art of Ancient Egypt (ISBN: 0-674-00376-4), any edition
Each week you are expected to read the relevant sections in your textbook.
Since both the course and the textbook are organized chronologically,
the order of the required readings is self-explanatory. Additional
readings and sources of information and pictures are noted (only
the first time that they are relevant) on the course calendar. These
books and articles are on reserve in the Art Library. Other readings
may be assigned.
Your semester grade will be calculated as follows:
average of your two highest checklist
1/3 Grade of your term project.
1/3 Grade of your final exam.
Each checklist will cover a separate
part of the course. These tests are designed primarily to test your
knowledge of facts. Checklists
are divided into three
sections: slide identification, placement of unknown monuments, and short
Concepts to consider will be posted for each checklist
from time to time throughout the semester.
Ten slides of objects that we have seen in class will be shown for one minute
each. You will be asked to name the object and give its:
* Architect (if known), and
This section normally counts for 30 - 40 % of the checklist grade.
Five slides of monuments which we have not seen either in lecture or discussion
section will be shown for two minutes each. You will be asked to place the
* Describing the object vis-a-vis objects we have studied,
* Providing the correct culture or period, and
* Dating it as closely as possible
You will use and note stylistic similarities to know works (i.e. those we
have seen in class) to make your identifications. This section normally counts
for 25-30% of the checklist grade.
Six to eight questions will be asked based
on the concepts that have been covered in class and in the textbook.
(Example: "What are characteristics of Dynasty
IV art and architecture?") These questions will be grouped in sections.
You will be asked to answer about half the questions, but you must answer
at least one question in each section. Answer these questions specifically
completely, citing works of art, dates, names: hard core facts. Write telegraph
style, make lists, charts. Make every word count.
This section normally counts for 30-45% or the checklist grade.
NO MAKE-UPS WILL BE GIVEN. If you miss a checklist it will count as your
lowest grade and therefore automatically will be dropped.
The final exam is an essay test taken at a
time and place designated by the University (Thursday, 14 May 2009, 8:00a.m. – 10:00a.m., Room 3215).
It lasts two hours.
It is designed to test your ability to synthesize the material that you
have learned. Questions developed during the last class will
be posted on the To
Consider page under Questions for the Final
During the last class, the class will make up a series of questions that are
thought-provoking and that tie together the material from the course. Normally,
these questions number between 8 and 12. You are asked to go home and prepare
the answers to any one, two, or (at very most) three of these questions.
At the time scheduled for the final exam, you will write your answers in
the classroom without the benefit of notes or other study aids. You may designate
the point value of these questions (total = 100) or leave that to the discretion
of your professor.
In contrast to checklists, which cover a discrete unit of the course and for
which you are asked not to write in sentences, your final exam should comprise
a well-thought out, well-written essay or series of essays and should reflect
what you have learned during the entire semester.
The final exam will be graded on the factual correctness, organization, argument,
breadth, and depth of your response(s).
UNIVERSITY RULES AND REGULATIONS
The rules and regulations established by the University are followed in this class.
The University of Maryland, College Park has a nationally recognized Code of Academic Integrity, administered by the Student Honor Council. This Code sets standards for academic integrity at Maryland for all undergraduate and graduate students. As a student you are responsible for upholding these standards for this course. It is very important for you to be aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. For more information on the Code of Academic Integrity visit the Student Honor Council web site.
To further exhibit your commitment to academic integrity, remember to sign the Honor Pledge on all examinations and assignments: "I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this examination (assignment)."
ACADEMIC ACCOMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
If a student has a documented disability and wishes to discuss academic accommodations, please contact the professor as soon as possible. The rules for eligibility and the types of accommodations a student may request can be reviewed on the Disability Support Services web site.
Disability Support Services requires that students request an Accommodation Form each semester. It is the student's responsibility to present the form to the professor as proof of eligibility for accommodations.
The University System of Maryland policy states that students should not be penalized in any way for participation in religious observances. Students shall be allowed, whenever practicable, to make up academic assignments that are missed due to such absences. It is the student's responsibility to contact the professor, and make arrangements for make-up work or examinations. The student is responsible for providing written notification to the professor within the first two weeks of the semester. The notification must identify the religious holiday(s) and date(s). For additional information, please visit the University of Maryland Policies and Procedures.