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ARC 14 — Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology

Quarter: Summer
Instructor(s): Patrick Hunt
Duration: 6 weeks
Format/Location: On-campus
Date(s): Jun 25—Jul 30
Class Recording Available: No
Class Meeting Day: Tuesdays
 
Class Meeting Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Tuition: $405
   
Refund Deadline: Jun 27
 
Unit(s): 1
   
Status: Open
 
Quarter: Summer
Day: Tuesdays
Duration: 6 weeks
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Date(s): Jun 25—Jul 30
Unit(s): 1
Format/Location: On-campus
 
Tuition: $405
 
Refund Deadline: Jun 27
 
Instructor(s): Patrick Hunt
 
Recording Available: No
 
Status: Open
 
Ancient Egypt’s long and magnificent history of more than three millennia allowed it to develop unique achievements that had a lasting influence on the arts, mythology, literature, and architecture of the ancient world. Its relative isolation—surrounded by deserts and a marshy delta and mostly accessible only by the Nile River—encouraged it to thrive independently and maintain a uniquely stable culture mainly free from invasion during the Early to Late Bronze Ages (2600–1100 BCE). The legacy of Egypt is astonishing: its pyramids, temples, wall paintings, illustrated hieroglyphic papyri, funerary arts, science and engineering practices, stone working, and jewelry—as well as its reputation as the ancient Land of Gold. So much survives from ancient Egypt that its heritage is far better preserved than many other, almost-forgotten cultures. In this course, we will revel in Egypt’s remarkable past, examining the history of such places as Hierakonpolis, Memphis, Giza, and Thebes (Waset) and the mysteries of rulers including Khufu, Menkaure, Senusret III, Hatshepsut, Thutmose III, Akhenaten and his Amarna Period, Tutankhamun, and some of the Ramesside dynasties. We will also reflect on the archaeologists who pioneered Egyptology, including Jean-Françoise Champollion, Flinders Petrie, and others. Finally, we will focus on the Rosetta Stone as a key artifact that unlocks Egyptian history and language.

PATRICK HUNT
Former Director, Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project; Research Associate, Archeoethnobotany, Institute of EthnoMedicine

Patrick Hunt is the author of 26 books and is a lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America. He received a PhD from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Hunt is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club, and he is an explorer and expeditions expert for National Geographic. His Alps research has been sponsored by the National Geographic Expeditions Council.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Ian Shaw, Oxford History of Ancient Egypt (ISBN 978-0192804587)
(Required) Patrick Hunt, Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History (ISBN 978-0452288775)