Courses for Fall 2016

EGYT

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

    Much of this two-semester sequence is 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. No prerequisites.
    EGYT 1310 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Geoga
  • Selections from Middle Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts

    Readings from the various genres of classical Egyptian literature, including stories and other literary texts, historical inscriptions, and religious compositions. Students will be expected to translate and discuss assigned texts. Prerequisite: EGYT 1310, 1320.
    EGYT 1330 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. WRIT
    EGYT 1410 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 1910 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Allen
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EGYT 1910 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Depuydt
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EGYT 1910 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Rutz
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EGYT 1910 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Bestock
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EGYT 1910 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Steele
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Literature of the Copts

    The design of this seminar is to survey, analyze, and discuss the literature of the Copts in its historical context, including the history of the Copts—or Egyptian Christians—as a people against the background of all of the 5000 years of Egyptian history and world history. The various genres of Coptic literature will be illustrated by selected readings in the original Coptic. The seminar is open to advanced undergraduate students and graduate students. At least one semester of Coptic is desirable.
    EGYT 2220 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Depuydt
  • Old Egyptian

    Introduction to the grammar of the first historical phase of ancient Egyptian and readings from its two primary genres, the Pyramid Texts and autobiographical inscriptions. Students will be expected to translate and discuss assigned texts. Prerequisites: EG 131, 132 (EGYT 1310, 1320).
    EGYT 2810 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Allen
  • 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 tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing a thesis.
    EGYT 2990 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep

ASYR

  • Thunder-gods and Dragon-slayers: Mythology + Cultural Contact - Ancient Mediterranean and Near East

    This course is an exploration of the mythological imagination in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East. From cosmic origins to epic battles, mighty queens to baneful monsters, mythological motives and narratives crisscrossed the ancient world, bypassing seemingly rigid geographic and cultural boundaries. Particular attention will be devoted to the study of the dynamic reinterpretation of myths in situations of cultural contact. Primary evidence will include material from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Anatolia, the Levant, Greece and Rome. The course will span several millennia, from the earliest attestations of the Epic of Gilgamesh to the Christian and Muslim reinterpretation of so-called pagan myths. FYS WRIT
    ASYR 0310 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rojas Silva
  • The Cradle of Civilization? An Introduction to the Ancient Near East

    This course explores the cultures of ancient Mesopotamia and the Near East (present-day Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran) from prehistory until the end of the first millennium BC. We will investigate the rich history and archaeology of this region through literary and historical texts (in translation) and archaeological evidence, including visual culture and architecture. Central to our discussion will be questions about how and why scholars study the Middle East in this early period. Topics include: early complex societies, state formation, the origins and development of writing, ancient empires, religion, culture and ethnicity, trade, diplomacy, warfare, agriculture, and craft production.
    ASYR 0800 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rutz
  • Introduction to Sumerian

    Over five thousand years ago the first cities emerged in southern Iraq, and around that same time writing was invented, most likely to record the language we now call Sumerian. Even after it was no longer spoken, Sumerian became a powerful conduit for the region's cultural heritage, preserving its literature and religious traditions for millennia. In this course students will learn the fundamentals of Sumerian grammar, develop a basic working vocabulary, and explore the cuneiform script through weekly readings in original texts. Selections will come from royal inscriptions, court cases, myths, magical incantations, and even ancient schoolwork. No prerequisites.
    ASYR 1400 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Hawkins
  • Akkadian Letters

    A survey of Akkadian letters focusing on periods and corpora that are significant for historical research. This course will introduce the essential research tools and methods necessary for the study of Babylonian and Assyrian epistolary texts from various periods and sites. We will read significant and/or representative letters in the cuneiform script (copies, photographs, and, when possible, actual tablets) and work to place the letters in meaningful historical, social, and cultural contexts. Knowledge of Akkadian cuneiform required.
    ASYR 2410 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rutz
  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing a thesis.
    ASYR 2990 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep