Courses for Spring 2019

EGYT

  • Introduction to Classical Hieroglyphic Egyptian Writing and Language (Middle Egyptian II)

    Continuation of a two-semester sequence spent learning the signs, vocabulary, and grammar of one of the oldest languages known. By the end of this introductory year, students read authentic texts of biographical, historical, and literary significance. The cornerstone course in the Department of Egyptology - essential for any serious work in this field and particularly recommended for students in archaeology, history, classics, and religious studies. Prerequisite: EGYT 1310.
    EGYT 1320 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Allen
  • Ancient Egyptian Literature

    A survey of one of the most intriguing aspects of ancient Egyptian culture. Readings (in translation) of many of the most significant literary documents that survive from Egypt. Presentation of a reasonable amount of historical perspective. Class discussions concerning the nature, purpose, quality, and effectiveness of the works read. Two term papers. No prerequisites. Offered in alternate years.
    EGYT 1410 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Depuydt
  • Ancient Egyptian Religion and Magic

    An overview of ancient Egyptian religion from both a synchronic and diachronic perspective. Examines such topics as the Egyptian pantheon, cosmology, cosmogony, religious anthropology, personal religion, magic, and funerary beliefs. Introduces the different genres of Egyptian religious texts in translation. Also treats the archaeological evidence which contributes to our understanding of Egyptian religion, including temple and tomb architecture and decoration. Midterm and final exams; one research paper.
    EGYT 1420 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Allen
  • Calendars and Chronology in Ancient Egypt and the Ancient World

    Time is the dimension of history. Chronology studies how we know when events happened. Chronology is much more important to "BC history" than to "AD history." History books state that the great Ramses II ruled around the thirteenth century B.C.E. But how do we know this? The focus of this class is on the answers to such questions through the study of the foundations of the history of Egypt specifically and of the ancient world in general. Some prior knowledge of Egyptian language or civilization might be handy but is by no means required.
    EGYT 1490 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Depuydt
  • Senior Seminar

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    EGYT 1920 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Allen
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EGYT 1920 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Depuydt
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EGYT 1920 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Rutz
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EGYT 1920 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Bestock
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EGYT 1920 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Steele
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Preliminary Examination Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing for a preliminary examination.
    EGYT 2970 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Reading and Research

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    EGYT 2980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Allen
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EGYT 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Depuydt
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EGYT 2980 S04
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the residency requirement and are continuing research on a full time basis.
    EGYT 2990 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep

ASYR

  • Intermediate Akkadian

    This course is the second semester of an intensive, yearlong introduction to the Akkadian (Babylonian/Assyrian) language. Students will deepen their knowledge of the cuneiform writing system and continue to develop their grasp of Akkadian grammar. Readings from Mesopotamian texts in the original language and script will include, among others, selections from the Laws of Hammurapi, Assyrian historical texts (such as the accounts of Sennacherib's siege of Jerusalem), and the story of the Flood from the Standard Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh. Prerequisite: Introduction to Akkadian (ASYR 0200 or ASYR 1000) or permission of the instructor.
    ASYR 1010 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Glassman
  • Astronomy, Divination and Politics in the Ancient World

    This course will explore the relationship between astronomy, divination and politics in the ancient world. The sky provided ancient cultures with many possibilities for observing occurrences that could be interpreted as omens. In many cultures, celestial omens were directed towards the king and his government. As a result, interpreting and controlling celestial omens became an important political activity. In this course, we will explore how and why astronomical events were used politically in ancient Mesopotamia, the Greco-Roman world, and ancient and medieval China. No prior knowledge of astronomy is necessary for this course.
    ASYR 1700 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Steele
  • Ancient Scientific Texts: Cuneiform Literature

    ASYR 2310D S01
    Primary Instructor
    Thavapalan
  • Reading and Research

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    ASYR 2980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rutz
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    ASYR 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Steele
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    ASYR 2980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Rojas Silva
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the residency requirement and are continuing research on a full time basis.
    ASYR 2990 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep