Professor Marjorie Venit
4214 Art Sociology Building
(301) 405-1489

Office Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 - 11:00a.m., and by appointment



University of Maryland
Art History & Archaeology
UMD Libraries

Websites & Bibliography
Perseus Project
WAG Catalogue
Beazley Archives

American Academy in Rome
Egypt Exploration Society

Archaeology Magazine

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.

Texts: 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:
1/3 The average of your two highest checklist grades.
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 answers. 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:
* Date,
* Period,
* Architect (if known), and
* Significance

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 object by:

* 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 and 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.

Please Note: 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 Exam.

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).


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)."

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.

Last modified: January 25, 2009