HNRS 314

Egypt: Life and Afterlife

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and permission of the instructor. Students will learn about ancient Egyptian culture, literature, language, and art. Texts will include tomb inscriptions, imaginative stories, royal stelae, and poetry about life and the afterlife. The class will explore Egyptian religion, daily life, politics and empire, history, and mythology. Egyptian art will be a major source of information about the interconnections of religion and politics. Students will get some exposure to the basics of Middle Egyptian (aka hieroglyphic) and we will consider the curious status of this beautiful language which was understood by so few but featured so prominently in their art and architecture. May be counted toward the major and minor in classics. Not open to students who already have credit for HNRS 267. V.4