Dec 11, 2019  
2013-2014 Academic Catalog 
    
2013-2014 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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EGPT 526/5240 - Death and Burial in Ancient Egypt (3 cr.)



Prerequisites
Consent of instructor.

Description
This course will cover the funerary practices and beliefs of ancient Egypt from the Old Kingdom to the Graeco-Roman period. The subject matter covered will include the process of mummification and the spells used during the operation; the development of coffins, sarcophagi, amulets, canopic jars, canopic chests, shabtis, and other tomb furnishings; the evolution of the tomb, both royal and private, and any symbolic values that might be attached to the decoration and architecture; funerals, the cult of the dead, economic foundations supporting the tomb, and the religious rituals associated with funerals, the afterlife, and the mortuary cult. Experimental archaeology (mummification) might be involved in this class.

 



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