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Art in Ancient Egypt

ARTH 242 SPRING 2017 SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS

Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe


The Course
  • A survey of art in Ancient Egypt from prehistoric times to the end of the Roman period.

Meeting Place and Time

  • Pannell 202: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-4:15

Required Textbooks

    1.
    Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe
    Art in Ancient Egypt Volume 1
    2017

    2.
    Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe
    Art in Ancient Egypt Volume 2
    2017

    3.
    Gay Robins
    The Art of Ancient Egypt
    Revised Edition, 2008

Student Responsibilities / Requirements

  • Active class participation, which includes being prepared for each class, and taking part in discussion.

  • Two essays, for inclusion in an iBook: Essays on Aspects of Ancient Egyptian Art

    • TOPIC 1
      1. Hard copy due Thursday, FEBRUARY 23
      2. Returned for revisions Tuesday, FEBRUARY 28
      3. Final revised digital copy due Friday, MARCH 3

    Select the first topic from the contents of the following list of chapters in Witcombe volume 1:
    1. Egypt and the Nile
      • The Nile in Egypt
      • Boats
    2. Egypt and the Natural World
      • Examine one or more examples of animals or birds or insects or fish as they appear in Ancient Egyptian art
      • Examine one or more examples of trees or plants as they appear in Ancient Egyptian art
    3. Hieroglyphics, Signs, Symbols
      • Examine one or more examples of symbols as they appear in Ancient Egyptian art
    4. Egyptian Religion
      • The Sky in Ancient Egyptian art
      • The Earth in Ancient Egyptian art
      • The Underworld in Ancient Egyptian art
    5. Gods and Goddesses
      • The representation of Gods in Ancient Egyptian art
      • The representation of Goddesses in Ancient Egyptian art
      • The representation of Enneads, Ogdoads, and Triads in Ancient Egyptian art
    6. Pharaohs and Queens
      • The representation of Pharaohs in Ancient Egyptian art
      • The representation of Queens in Ancient Egyptian art
      • The representation of Royal Children in Ancient Egyptian art
    7. Men and Women
      • The representation of men in Ancient Egyptian art
      • The representation of women in Ancient Egyptian art
      • The representation of children in Ancient Egyptian art
      • Clothing, hair, wigs, and jewelry for women in Ancient Egyptian art
      • Clothing, hair, wigs, and jewelry for men in Ancient Egyptian art
    8. Life and Death
      • Heka (Magic)
      • Mummies
      • Animal Mummies and Coffins
      • Canopic jars
      • Amulets
      • Mummy masks
      • Coffins
      • Funeral Processions
      • Funerary Boats
      • "Opening the Mouth" Ritual
      • Offering Tables
      • Offering Bearers
      • Burial Equipment
      • Funerary Stelae
      • False Doors
      • Pyramid Texts
      • Book of the Dead
      • Weighing of the Heart
      • Afterlife
    9. Art and Architecture
      • Stone
      • Wood
      • Clay
      • Metalworking
      • Faience
      • Glass
      • Ivory
      • Textiles
      • Temple design
      • Tomb design
      • Pyramid design

  • TOPIC 2
    1. Hard copy due Thursday, APRIL 13
    2. Returned for revisions Tuesday, APRIL 18
    3. Final revised digital copy due Friday, APRIL 21

    Select the second topic from the contents of the chapters in Witcombe volume 2.

    1. Predynastic Early Dynastic
    2. Old Kingdom
    3. First Intermediate Period
    4. Middle Kingdom
    5. Second Intermediate Period
    6. New Kingdom
    7. Third Intermediate Period
    8. Late Period
    9. Macedonian-Ptolemaic Period
    10. Roman Period

    The following is a list of possible topics. Other topic proposals are welcome!

    • Predynastic stone palettes
    • Abydos
    • Sed-festivals
    • The Saqqara Necropolis
    • The Giza Necropolis
    • Pyramid Construction
    • Inside Pyramids
    • Valley Temples
    • Solar Temples
    • Seated Statues of Pharaohs
    • Scribes

    • Way-station Chapels
    • Hatshepsut
    • Hatshepsut's Expedition to the Land of Punt
    • Temples in Ancient Egypt
    • Temple of Amenhotep III
    • Tiy (Queen)
    • Non-Egyptians: Foreigners in Egyptian Art
    • Nubia
    • Nefertiti
    • Akhenaten's Daughters
    • Nefertari
    • Valley of the Kings
    • KV5 (Tomb of the Sons of Rameses II)

    • Philae
    • Dendera
    • Nilometers
    • Kiosks
    • Nubia
    • Meroë
    • Cleopatra VII in Egyptian Art

  • GUIDELINES
    • Each essay should be the equivalent of 4-to-6 pages in length and illustrated with at least four high quality, fully captioned images selected from Wikimedia Commons. Images and captions can be compiled into an iBook Gallery, organized into a Keynote presentation, or composed into an iMovie.
    • Extensive research is expected. Search for information in books in the library and through Interlibrary Loan, in articles through JStor in qualifying essays online, and in entries from pertinent museum websites. All sources should be listed in a Bibliography on a separate page.
    • Text and captioned images should be sent to me by the specified deadlines. I will insert the material into the iBook and make it available for you to download.

  • PLEASE NOTE: Any requirements not fulfilled at the end of the semester will result in a notice of failure for the course.

Attendance

  • Regular attendance is required at all class meetings listed in the schedule. If you unable to attend a class meeting, you must inform me by email in advance. Unexplained absences from class meetings may result in a lowering of your grade.

Grading

  • Class participation = 10%
  • First iBook Essay = 45%
  • Second iBook Essay = 45%

Office and Hours

  • Pannell 203: Tuesdays 3:15-3:00, or by appointment
  • phone: 6194
  • email: witcombe@sbc.edu


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