last update: 04/07/07

History 270.001

Lectures and Reading Assignments

Note: The course readings listed below consist of the regular textbooks and miscellaneous readings located in the campus Library, either in the Reference Room (marked Ref), or on Two-hour Reserve (marked Rs). Other required readings are freely available for downloading from this Web Page (marked W)on this list. The full bibliographical citations of all the readings in the listing are found on the course Bibliography page.

Readings accessed below can be in either HTML-format or PDF-format. To download and open the PDF-files, students need the program Adobe Acrobat Reader resident on their computers and installed as a plug-in to their Web browser. All compurers at the College of charleston contain this plug-in. If your computer does not have this program, it is freely available for downloading and installing from the Adobe Web page at the following address: https://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.

Class will adhere to the following course schedule. If we do not complete a unit in class on the date specified, we must move on to the next unit, and students will be responsible for the full material through the readings. The instructor reserves the right to alter the schedule of lectures, discussions, video presentations, and reading assignments, quizzes, exams and presentation at any time.

Week 1: January 9 and 11
	(1/9) Course Description; Expectations
	
	(1/11) Introduction: Egyptology and the Rediscovery of Egypt
		Brewer-Teeter, Egypt and the Egyptians, 1-15;
		Simpson, Literature of Ancient Egypt, 1-10;
W 		Sources and Approaches to the Study of Egyptian Culture (handout) (click to open).
	
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Week 2: January 16 and 18
	(1/16) Nile Valley and the Development of Culture
		Brewer-Teeter, Egypt and the Egyptians, 16-26;
		Manley, Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt, 18-19;
W 		H. Kees, "The Countryside," sects. A-B, including: "The Nile
			and the Seasons," "Irrigation and Soil," 47-61 (click to open);
			
	(1/18) Time, Time-keeping and Calendars and Chronology
W/Rs		Parker, R. Legacy of Egypt, "The Calendars and Chronology," 13-26 (click to open);
Ref		Robins, G., "Mathematics, Astronomy and Calendars in Pharaonic Egypt,"
			In Civilizations of the Ancient Near East, ed. J. Sasson, vol. 3, 1799-1814;
W/Rs		"Inscriptions of Princess Ni-sedjer-kai," from M. Lichtheim, AEL 1, 15-16 (click to open).

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Week 3: January 23 and 25
	(1/23) Synopsis of Egyptian History: Predynastic Period
		Brewer-Teeter, Egypt and the Egyptians, 27-32;
		Manley, Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt, 20-21;
W 		Kitchen, "The Chronology of Ancient Egypt," 201-208 (click to open);
		Video: "The Real Scorpion King" (pt. 1, 50 mins.)
		
	(1/25) Formation of the State and Proto-kingdoms on the Nile
W 		Hassan, F. "The Predynastic of Egypt", 135-175 (click to open);
		Manley, Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt, 22-23;		
		Video: "The Real Scorpion King" (pt. 2, 50 mins.)		
	
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Week 4: January 30 and February 1
	(1/30) Archaic Period and Old Kingdom
		Brewer-Teeter, Egypt and the Egyptians, 32-35;
		Manley, Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt, 24-27;
		Simpson, Literature of Ancient Egypt, 13-24 ("King Cheops and the Magicians").
		
	(2/1) Texts and Literature of the Old Kingdom
		Manley, Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt, 28-29;
W/Rs 		"Charter of King Pepy I," from M. Lichtheim, AEL 1, 28 [click to open];
		Simpson, Literature of Ancient Egypt, 129-148 ("Maxims of Ptahhotep");
		401-413, ("Three Autobiographies of the Old Kingdom," incl.: "Weni the Elder",
			"Harkhuf", "Qar").
		MAP QUIZ #1: EGYPT
	
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Week 5: February 6 and 8
	(2/6) First Intermediate Period and Middle Kingdom
		Brewer-Teeter, Egypt and the Egyptians, 35-38;
		Manley, Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt, 30-31, 34-37;
		Simpson, Literature of Ancient Egypt, 152-165 ("Teachings for King Merikare");
W/Rs 		"Autobiographies of the First Intermediate Period," from M. Lichtheim, 
			AEL 1, 85-89 [click to open].
		
	(2/8) Texts and Literature of the Middle Kingdom
		Manley, Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt, 42-51;
W		"Annals of King Amenemhat II (extract)" [click to open];
		Simpson, Literature of Ancient Egypt, 211-213 ("Lamentations"); 166-171
			("The Teaching of King Amemenhet I); 214-220 ("Prophecies of Neferty);
			418-424 ("Autobiographies: Amenemhet and Khnumhotep II at Beni Hasan").
		
	
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Week 6: February 13 and 15
	(2/13) Second Intermediate Period and Rise of the New Kingdom
		Manley, Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt, 37-41, 52-55.
				
	(2/15)  Review readings to date
	
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Week 7: February 20 and 22 (Midterm)
	(2/20) Second Intermediate Period and Transition to New Kingdom
		Brewer-Teeter, Egypt and the Egyptians, 38-40;
		Manley, Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt, 52-55, 58-65, 66-67;
		Simpson, Literature of Ancient Egypt, 69-71 ("Quarrel of Apophis and Seqenenre"),
			345-350 ("Kamose Stelae");
W/Rs		"Autobiography of Ahmose son of Abana," from M. Lichtheim, AEL 2, 12-15 [click to open]
		Last day to withdraw with grade of "W"
	
	(2/22) Midterm Examination (60 mins.)
	
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Week 8: February 27 and March 1
	(2/27) Early New Kingdom
		Brewer-Teeter, Egypt and the Egyptians, 40-49, 74-75.
		
	(3/1) New Kingdom: Empire
		Brewer-Teeter, Egypt and the Egyptians, 68-73;
		Manley, Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt, 80-81, 84-88, 92-93, 96-97;

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* * * SPRING BREAK: March 4 through 10 * * *
Week 9: March 13 and 15 (3/13) Third Intermediate and Late Periods Brewer-Teeter, Egypt and the Egyptians, 49-51, 110-123; Manley, Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt, 89-91, 98-107; Thesis Statement & ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY DUE (3/15) Communities, Kingship and Government Brewer-Teeter, Egypt and the Egyptians, 52-57, 72-83; Manley, Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt, 76-79, 94-95; W "Essay: Kingship and Society" [click to open] _______________________________________________________________________________ Week 10: March 20 and 22 (3/20) Language and Writing Brewer-Teeter, Egypt and the Egyptians, 110-117; Manley, Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt, 56-57; (3/22) Writing and Literature Brewer-Teeter, Egypt and the Egyptians, 117-124; W "Essay: Ancient Egyptian Language and Writing" [click to open]; W Williams, R. J. "Scribal Training in Ancient Egypt." Journal of the American Oriental Society 92 (1972): 214-21. [click to open] _______________________________________________________________________________ Week 11: March 27 and 29 (3/27) Religion I Brewer-Teeter, Egypt and the Egyptians, 84-93; (3/29) Religion II W "Essay: Introduction to Egyptian Religion" [click to open]; Simpson, Literature of Ancient Egypt, 247-252 ("Selections from the Pyramid Texts"), 267-277 ("Book of the Dead 125--Negative Confession"); MAP QUIZ #2: NUBIA _______________________________________________________________________________ Week 12: Week of April 3 and 5 (4/3) Religion III W Piccione, "The Book of Amduat (Short Version)" [click to open]; Simpson, Literature of Ancient Egypt, 263-266 ("Selections from the Coffin Texts"), 284-288 ("Penitential Hymns"); (4/5) Religion IV: Mythologies Simpson, Literature of Ancient Egypt, 91-103 ("Contendings of Horus and Seth"), 289-298 ("Book of the Heavenly Cow"); W/Rs "Hymn to the Nile Inundation (Hapy)," from M. Lichtheim, AEL 1, 204-210 [click to open] Video: "For Those who Sail to Heaven" (49 mins.) _______________________________________________________________________________ Week 13: April 10 and 12 (4/10) Religion: Festivals (Civil and Funerary) Brewer-Teeter, Egypt and the Egyptians, 147-168; Manley, Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt, 108-110; Rs W. J. Murnane, "Opetfest," in Lexikon der Ägyptologie, vol. 4, 574-579; Simpson, Literature of Ancient Egypt, 339-344 ("Neferhotep Stela"), 425-427 ("Stela of Iykhernofret"); (4/12) Education and the Structure of Society Brewer-Teeter, Egypt and the Egyptians, 95-109; W "Essay: The Egyptian Educational System" [click to open] Simpson, Literature of Ancient Egypt, 431-437 ("Satire on the Trades"), 438-441 ("Scribal Traditions in the Schools"); TERM PAPER DUE _______________________________________________________________________________ Week 14: April 17 and 19 (4/17) Legal and Social Status of Women W W. A. Ward, "The Egyptian Economy and Non-royal Women: Their Status in Public Life" [click to open]; Manley, Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt, 130-131; (4/19) Last Day of Class: Summation and Review W "Essay: The Status of Women in Ancient Egyptian Society" [click to open]; Brewer-Teeter, Egypt and the Egyptians, 188-190; _______________________________________________________________________________ FINAL EXAMINATION: Tuesday, May 1, 2007, 12:15-3:00 pm