This class provides a general introduction to the political and cultural history of ancient Egypt. After presenting modern approaches to understanding Egyptian history (the problem of sources, how to evaluate written and material evidence, different possible histories of Egypt, the role of the historian) and the topographical and chronological setting of Ancient Egypt, the course will give you an overview of the major historical developments and phenomena of Ancient Egypt, from the prehistoric beginnings of the Egyptian state to the 1st millennium BCE (3200-300 BCE). We will also look at the impact of new archaeological discoveries and different interpretive approaches on our view of the social and economic history of Egypt.
Prerequisites: None