330-213-VA, History of Ancient Egypt
This course presents a survey of the history of Ancient Egypt. Beginning with late Pre-Dynastic times and the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt, it will examine the territorial, political, cultural and religious changes that took place in the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms. The administration of the country, its centralization, its bureaucracy and diplomatic relations with foreign neighbours will be discussed. The work and the lives of ordinary people, the place of women in Egyptian society, family life and Egypt’s female Pharaohs will also be examined. The role of priests and divinities will be evaluated, along with that of the Pharaohs, as well as the purpose, layout and symbolism of Egyptian temples, burial tombs and pyramids. Funerary rites, customs and the symbolism of the hieroglyphs will also be analyzed, together with the Egyptian Book of the Dead. The work and the lives of ordinary people, the place of women in Egyptian society, family life and Egypt’s female Pharaohs will also be examined. The role of priests and divinities will be evaluated, along with that of the Pharaohs, as well as the purpose, layout and symbolism of Egyptian temples, burial tombs and pyramids. Funerary rites, customs and the symbolism of the hieroglyphs will also be analyzed, together with the Egyptian Book of the Dead.