This course is a survey of ancient Egyptian pharaonic civilization. It emphasizes Egyptian material culture: pyramids, temples, tombs, settlements and cities, art masterpieces, and objects of daily life. The course explores major development themes that defined the Egyptian state: the geographical landscape, kingship, social stratification, craftsmanship, and religion, including mortuary beliefs. Our chronological path includes excursions into Egyptian art, history, politics, religion, literature (hieroglyphs), and the evolution of modern Egyptology. The course also touches on contemporary issues of object repatriation, and archaeology and cultural nationalism. Local students may participate in field trips to the Egyptian collections of Harvard's Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, along with immersive 3-D computer model viewing of the Giza Pyramids in Harvard's Visualization Center. The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Societies of the World 38. (4 credits)
Spring term 2015 (24179)
Peter Der Manuelian, PhD. Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology, Harvard University.
Course tuition: noncredit $1,250, undergraduate credit $1,250, graduate credit $2,200.
Online only, beginning Jan. 27. Optional sections to be arranged.