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PAPERS DUE APRIL 9TH! E-MAIL TO PROF. BESTOCK BY MIDNIGHT (which is technically the 10th)

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EGYT 1430

History of Egypt I: Early Dynastic through 18th Dynasty

MWF 12-12:50pm

Rhode Island Hall room 108

Instructor: Laurel Bestock

Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm, Rhode Island Hall room 209

graduate students in Egyptology who are happy to be points of contact/discussion:
Amanda Davis:
Kathryn Howley:
Emily Russo:
Julia Troche:

This course examines the history of ancient Egypt from the rise of the Egyptian state to the end of the 18th Dynasty in the New Kingdom, a period of more than 1500 years.  This span encompasses three separate “golden ages” of Egyptian history and culture, from the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom through the Middle Kingdom renaissance to the expansionist era of the early New Kingdom.  By looking at both political and social history this course will allow students to examine the differences as well as the similarities between these periods and come to a better understanding of the factors, internal and external, that influenced Egyptian historical development.  In addition to becoming familiar with the first half of pharaonic history, students in this course will examine the very notion of history as applied to a civilization that was, in the early part of the course, just developing writing and which, even towards the end of the course, did not provide the kinds of copious and self-critical written records that are so useful to historians of more recent cultures.  While relying primarily on written records, we will learn about and critically examine the varying types of evidence from which we reconstruct the political and social history of early Egypt.  We will constantly pause to ask why and for whom records were created, thereby reaching a more nuanced understanding of what information can reasonably be gained from them.



Paper Questions and Ideas

Midterm questions, images, map, etc

Second Exam images and questions

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