This course is interdisciplinary, investigating varied material remains from ancient Egypt — texts (in translation); tombs and their imagery; and papyri, objects, and mummies deposited in tombs — and their interpretation in secondary sources in order to seek an understanding of Egypt’s negotiation with death. It is intended as a broad survey of Egyptian eschatological beliefs and practices, their mutability and their material manifestation, from earliest times (ca. 3500 BCE) through the period of Roman rule (ca. end-second century CE). It will include funerals, mummification, and ritual, as well as how Egyptians negotiated the journey after death.
These practices can be viewed within the larger context of those of contemporaneous neighboring peoples, but must be independent of modern views of the hereafter (about which the Egyptians, obviously, knew nothing). In this course, we shall walk like an Egyptian and, concurrently, we shall determine why the ancients were in awe of Egypt’s management of death and the afterlife.
1) to become familiar with the chronology, development, and iconography of ancient Egypt from late prehistoric times through the Roman period.
2) to understand the mutable concept of the afterlife in ancient Egyptian thought and imagery from earliest times through the Roman period.
3) to hone presentation and writing skills
Requirements for completion of the course with credit:
a number of in-class illustrated presentations and
participation in class discussions.
3) Final Exam, the questions for which will be made-up during the last class of the semester.
Your semester grade is calculated as follows:
1/3 The quality of your classwork, including the presentation of your short reports and your participation in discussion.
1/3 The quality of your term project and its presentation to the class.
1/3 The quality of your Final Exam.
Plagiarism, in any
form, will not be tolerated.
Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
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.