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Bachelor 2019/2020

Ancient Egypt

Type: Elective course (History)
Area of studies: History
Delivered by: Department of Humanities
When: 2 year, 3 module
Mode of studies: Blended
Instructors: Valery Gushchin
Language: English
ECTS credits: 5

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course is based on online course "Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its Civilization" (https://ru.coursera.org/learn/introancientegypt). About course: "Colossal pyramids, imposing temples, golden treasures, enigmatic hieroglyphs, powerful pharaohs, strange gods, and mysterious mummies are features of Ancient Egyptian culture that have fascinated people over the millennia. The Bible refers to its gods, rulers, and pyramids. Neighboring cultures in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean wrote about its god-like kings and its seemingly endless supply of gold. The Greeks and Romans describe aspects of Egypt's culture and history. As the 19th century began, the Napoleonic campaign in Egypt highlighted the wonders of this ancient land, and public interest soared. Not long after, Champollion deciphered Egypt's hieroglyphs and paved the way for other scholars to reveal that Egyptian texts dealt with medicine, dentistry, veterinary practices, mathematics, literature, and accounting, and many other topics. Then, early in the 20th century, Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun and its fabulous contents. Exhibitions of this treasure a few decades later resulted in the world's first blockbuster, and its revival in the 21st century has kept interest alive".
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Create a study plan and make everything ready for your travel in ancient Egypt.
  • Memorize the basic timeline of the ancient Egyptian history. Explain how ancient Egyptian history is divided into major historical periods, including the major kingdoms and intermediate periods. Explain the rise and decline of the ancient Egyptian civilization. Identify the most famous rulers and their monuments.
  • Summarize the development of kingship in ancient Egypt. Outline the different roles and responsibilities of the king. Explain the importance of the myth of Osiris and the concept of divine kingship. Give examples of royal insignia and monuments.
  • Recognize the major gods and goddesses and their cult centers. Recall the different versions of the creation myth and the Egyptian concept of the cosmos. Classify different categories of deities, such as the state deities, funerary deities, etc. Give examples on how ancient Egyptians deified their rulers and private individuals.
  • Recall the list of Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Memorize the key facts about the great pyramids at Giza and the sphinx. Summarize the evolution of pyramids. Question how Egyptian architecture influences contemporary monuments and buildings .
  • Describe why the Egyptians spent so much time and effort in preserving the dead. Outline the evolution of mummification. Memorize the ethereal aspects of an individual. Describe the steps involved in the mummification process. Identify different types of funerary equipment.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Obtain knowledge and analyzing skills in the Art History and Mythology
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Welcome to the Course
    A study plan. Online course "Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its Civilization" (https://ru.coursera.org/learn/introancientegypt#syllabus)
  • The Pharaoh and Kingship
    The development of kingship in ancient Egypt. Roles and responsibilities of the king. The myth of Osiris and the concept of divine kingship. Examples of royal insignia and monuments. Online course "Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its Civilization" (https://ru.coursera.org/learn/introancientegypt#syllabus)
  • The Pyramids and the Sphinx
    The list of Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The key facts about the great pyramids at Giza and the sphinx. The evolution of pyramids. Influence of Egyptian architecture at contemporary monuments and buildings. Online course "Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its Civilization" (https://ru.coursera.org/learn/introancientegypt#syllabus)
  • Gods and Goddesses
    The major gods and goddesses and their cult centers. The versions of the creation myth and the Egyptian concept of the cosmos. The categories of deities (the state deities, funerary deities, etc). Examples of how ancient Egyptians deified their rulers and private individuals. Online course "Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its Civilization" (https://ru.coursera.org/learn/introancientegypt#syllabus)
  • History and Chronology
    The basic timeline of the ancient Egyptian history. Division ancient Egyptian history into major historical periods, including the major kingdoms and intermediate periods. The rise and decline of the ancient Egyptian civilization. The most famous rulers and their monuments. Online course "Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its Civilization" (https://ru.coursera.org/learn/introancientegypt#syllabus)
  • Mummies and Mummification
    The question about reasons why the Egyptians spent so much time and effort in preserving the dead. The evolution of mummification. The ethereal aspects of an individual. The steps involved in the mummification process. The types of funerary equipment. Online course "Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its Civilization" (https://ru.coursera.org/learn/introancientegypt#syllabus)
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Essay
    There is no exam in the programm.
  • non-blocking Discussions
    There is no exam in the programm.
  • non-blocking online tests (independent work)
    There is no exam in the programm.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.3 * Discussions + 0.3 * Essay + 0.4 * online tests (independent work)
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Kemp, Barry J. Ancient Egypt : Anatomy of a Civilisation. Ed.: 2nd ed. London : Routledge. 2006

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Тураев Б. А.-ДРЕВНИЙ ЕГИПЕТ-М.:Издательство Юрайт,2019-154-Антология мысли-978-5-534-07154-2: -Текст электронный // ЭБС Юрайт - https://biblio-online.ru/book/drevniy-egipet-442250