An overview of ancient Egyptian civilization through lectures on Egyptian archaeology, history, and society. Thursday sessions are specially designed as an easy introduction to Egyptian hieroglyphs. No former experience is required to attend. Course code: CLA 3160. General Education Requirement: HN. Class number: 11105. Credits: 03. Room: TUR L007. Times: T 5-6, R 6. CLA 3160 is a course offered in the Department of Classics at the University of Florida.
- R. David, Handbook to Life in Ancient Egypt (Revised edition: Oxford 1998).
- T. Zauzich, Hieroglyphs Without Mystery (English Translation: Austin 1992).
Lectures (slides only; pdf format)
Module I: I.1, I.2, I.3. I.4. Module II: II.1, II.2, II.3, II.4. Module III: III.1, III.2, III.3. Module IV: IV.1, IV.2, IV.3, IV.4. Module V: V.1, V.2, V.3. Egyptian Writing and Language (Module VI): VI.1, VI.2, VI.3, VI.4
Selected links on Egyptian history and archaeology
- Theban Mapping Project (a professional online resource ran by the American University in Cairo).
- Digital Egypt for Universities (another superb professional resource by University College London).
- Egyptology Resources (professional website by the Fitzwilliam Museum of Cambridge University).
- Nova Online: Mysteries of the Nile (a popular but very good site by PBS with great suggestions for ‘Classroom Resources).
- Absolute Egyptology (Egyptologist O. Vendel’s personal website, with very thorough Egyptian history outlines).
Selected links on Egyptian hieroglyphs
- Hieroglyphic Typewriter (a fun site for beginners).
- JShesh (open source professional hieroglyphic processor and fonts).
Course Requirements and Grading
- Six quizzes, equally weighted (40% of final grade):
Format: 20 questions (10 MC, 10 T/F). Points per question: 5. Total points per quiz: 100.
- Two exams, equally weighted (60% of final grade):
Format: Midterm 50 questions (25 MC, 25 T/F), points per question: 2. Final 100 questions (50 MC, 50 T/F), points per question: 1. Total points per exam: 100.
Exams are cumulative (midterm examination: sessions 1-14; final examination: sessions 1-28.)
General information on current UF policies for assigning grade points is available in the Undergraduate Catalog.
- Practice Quiz 1 (pdf). Practice Quiz 2 (pdf). Practice Quiz 3 (pdf). Practice Quiz 4 (pdf). Practice Quiz 5 (pdf). Practice Quiz 6 (pdf).
- Key to Practice Quiz 1 (pdf). Key to Practice Quiz 2 (pdf). Key to Practice Quiz 3 (pdf). Key to Practice Quiz 4 (pdf). Key to Practice Quiz 5 (pdf). Key to Practice Quiz 6 (pdf).
- Hieroglyph vocabulary list (pdf).
Simulations based on these practice materials are also avalable for students to test their knowledge (from the QUIZZES tab in Canvas).
Attendance and General Course Policy
- Attendance. Requirements for class attendance and make-up exams, assignments, and other work in this course are consistent with university policies that can be found in the online Undergraduate Catalog. Attendance will be taken daily using Top Hat software.
- Laptop policy. On quiz days (see calendar below) students are required to bring to class a laptop, handheld, or other web-enabled device that would allow them to connect to e-learning.
- Class Etiquette. Students are strongly discouraged from leaving the class in the middle of a lecture. Those who need to do so must obtain the instructor’s permission at the beginning of class.
- Makeup Examinations. Makeup exams are given only in extraordinary circumstances. Students who are unable to take exams at the appointed dates should notify the instructor’s assistants in advance.
- Questions. All questions on administrative matters (grading, etc.) can be addressed to the instructor’s assistant(s); for questions pertaining to the content of the lectures, students should consult directly with the instructor
- Honor Code. Students in CLA 3160 are expected to comply with the Academic Honor Code of the University of Florida.
- Disclaimer on Sexual and Religious Content. As ancient attitudes towards sexuality and religion differ considerably from ours, some of the material examined in this course may result offensive to modern sensibility. Students who have a problem in dealing with such topics should consult with the instructor.
Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor when requesting accommodation. For information about services available to students with special needs, contact the Disability Resource Center.
Students are expected to provide feedback on the quality of instruction in this course based on 10 criteria. These evaluations are conducted online at https://evaluations.ufl.edu. Evaluations are typically open during the last two or three weeks of the semester, but students will be given specific times when they are open. Summary results of these assessments are available to students at https://evaluations.ufl.edu/results.”
- Robert S. Wagman. Office Hours: MF 9:35-10:25 am or by appt. Campus address: 125c Dauer Hall.
- Erica Anderson (Teaching Assistant). Office Hours: TBA. Campus address: 125 Dauer Hall.
Readings and Class Calendar
- Module I. Sources and Methods: David chapter 1 (especially pp.1-19, 32-46); chapter 2 pp.57-62.
- Module II. The Land of Egypt: David chapter 3 (especially pp. 111-115).
- Module III. Elements of Egyptian History: David chapter 2 pp.62-110.
- Module IV. Egyptian Art and Architecture: David chapter 7 pp.209-232.
- Module V. Egyptian Religion and Funerary Practice: David chapter 5 pp.149-184; chapter 6 pp.185-208.
- Egyptian Writing and Language: Zauzich pp.1-34.
ORIENTATION (AUG 20)
MODULE I: SOURCES AND METHODS (AUG 22 – SEP 05)
|02||AUG 22||Sources and Methods 1|
|03||AUG 27||Sources and Methods 2|
|04||AUG 29||Egyptian Writing and Language|
|05||SEP 03||Sources and Methods 3|
|06||SEP 05||QUIZ 1|
MODULE II: THE LAND OF EGYPT (SEP 10 – SEP 26)
|07||SEP 10||The Land of Egypt 1|
|08||SEP 12||Egyptian Writing and Language|
|09||SEP 17||The Land of Egypt 2|
|10||SEP 19||Egyptian Writing and Language|
|11||SEP 24||The Land of Egypt 3|
|12||SEP 26||QUIZ 2|
MODULE III: ELEMENTS OF EGYPTIAN HISTORY (OCT 01 – OCT 18)
|13||OCT 01||Elements of Egyptian History 1|
|14||OCT 03||Egyptian Writing and Language|
|15||OCT 08||Elements of Egyptian History 2|
|16||OCT 10||Egyptian Writing and Language|
|17||OCT 15||Elements of Egyptian History 3|
|18||OCT 17||QUIZ 3|
|19||OCT 22||MIDTERM EXAMINATION (same time and place as class)|
|20||OCT 24||EGYPTIAN WRITING AND LANGUAGE QUIZ|
MODULE IV: EGYPTIAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE (NOV 06 – NOV 08)
|21||OCT 29||Egyptian Art and Architecture 1|
|23||OCT 31||Egyptian Art and Architecture 2|
|24||NOV 05||Egyptian Art and Architecture 3|
|25||NOV 07||QUIZ 4|
MODULE V: EGYPTIAN RELIGION AND FUNERARY PRACTICE (NOV 20 – DEC 04)
|26||NOV 12||Egyptian Religion and Funerary Practice 1|
|27||NOV 14||Egyptian Religion and Funerary Practice 2|
|28||NOV 19||Egyptian Religion and Funerary Practice 3|
|29||NOV 21||QUIZ 5|
|00||NOV 26||NO CLASS. Have a happy Thanksgiving!|
|REVIEW WEEK / FINAL|
|31||DEC 12||FINAL EXAMINATION (3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, same room as class)|