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Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS)

CAMS 020 (GH) Egyptian Civilization (3) The culture, history, literature, and archaeology of ancient Egypt from the dawn of history to the Greco-Roman period.

CAMS 020 Egyptian Civilization (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

CAMS 020 is a thematic introduction to the major features of ancient Egyptian civilization. If you have heard of hieroglyphics, Tutankhamen, or the Rosetta Stone and wanted to learn more, CAMS 020 will provide the background and significance of these and many other aspects of ancient Egypt. The course begins with a grief historical overview, and then presents topics such as language and writing, the Pyramid Age, kingship, Egyptian imperialism, Egyptian literature, everyday life, Egyptian religion, death and afterlife, women in Ancient Egypt, and science and medicine. The course concludes with a consideration of Egyptomania, the modern fascination with ancient Egyptian culture.

CAMS 020 is taught in lecture and discussion format and will be offered once a year. In some semesters the enrollment is limited to 50 students. In other semesters where enrollment is limited to 120 there are two lectures per week and a discussion section taught by a graduate assistant. Students will make small-group oral presentations in class or in these sections based on library and web-based research. Evaluation will be based on these presentations, on two in-class essay and short answer tests, and a final essay examination. In some sections a term paper may replace the final essay examination. CAMS 020 fulfills a humanities general education or B.A. requirement, and also the requirement for a course in Near Eastern language, literature, history, civilization, or archaeology of the CAMS major. CAMS 020 may be used to fulfill the requirements for 12 credits of course work at any level towards a CAMS minor.

General Education: GH
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Fall 2005

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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