MIDEAST 240 - Ancient Egypt: Religion and Culture
Winter 2023, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Middle East Studies (MIDEAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/4/23 - 4/18/23 (see other Sections below)
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Mummies, hieroglyphs, tombs and temples: these popular symbols of ancient Egypt are all part of the complex system of ancient Egyptian religion. Religion was central to life in ancient Egypt, and in this course you will study Egyptian religion through its intellectual and material culture. Students will explore the definitions of religion in ancient Egypt as well as the Egyptian understandings of gods and goddesses and their stories and mythology, Egyptian ideas about the beginnings of the universe, temples and their priesthoods, religion in everyday life, and the roles and uses of magic. A major component of this course will focus on the reading of the Egyptian Book of the Dead in translation and a study of its illustrations as an entry-point into understanding Egyptian afterlife beliefs and funerary practices. Students will be assessed on the basis of in-class exams and section activities (including occasional short writing assignments). You will come out of this course with a core understanding of Egyptian religion and culture, and a greater appreciation for the ancient Egyptian people and their beliefs.

Intended Audience:

The course is intended for undergraduates with an interest in ancient Egypt (no background in the subject required!)

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings and a 60-minute discussion section weekly


MIDEAST 240 - Ancient Egypt: Religion and Culture
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
002 (DIS)
 In Person
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23

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