ANCIENT EGYPT (3 credits) – Spring 2004

50:525:122 Honors Seminar
50:510:280 Introductory Topics in World History
50:606:480 Special Topics in the Liberal Arts
56:606:501 Graduate Liberal Studies (Studies of the Ancient and Medieval Eras)

The course introduces the students to the Ancient Egyptian civilization from the early Stone Age to their conquest by the Persians and Greeks. It gives a comprehensive historical account on the rise and fall of the Egyptian dynasties, analyzes archeological and anthropological evidence, discusses religious, cultural and social patterns, and examines the earliest masterpieces of art and architecture in the Egyptian world.

The course is intended for history majors, Honors College students as well as undergraduate and graduate liberal studies students.

Classes meet Tuesdays 6:00-8:40

Textbooks

  • Hornung E., History of Ancient Egypt, An Introduction,
    Cornell University Press (ISBN 0-80148-475-8)
  • Shaw I., The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt,
    Oxford University Press (ISBN: 0-19815-034-2)

Grading will be based on two exams and a presentaion at the end of the semester.

Language Lab – Hieroglyphics (1 credits)

Corequisite: Ancient Egypt
50:615:496:02 Independent Study in Linguistics (Undergraduate)
56:350:596:02 Independent Study in Linguistics (Graduate)

This is a recommended supplement to the course on Ancient Egypt. It gives a comprehensive introduction to the Middle Egyptian language and culture of hieroglyphs, including writing, spelling, grammar, transliteration and translation.

Classes meet Thursdays 6:00-6:55

Textbooks:

  • Collier M., Manley W., How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs,
    University of California Press (ISBN: 0-520-21597-4)
  • Allen P. J., Middle Egyptian, An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs,
    Cambridge University Press (ISBN 0-521-77483-7)

Trip to Egypt (1 credit)

As part of the International Studies Program, the course has a trip to Egypt during the Spring Break with visits to major archeological sites such as the Fourth Dynasty pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza, and the royal tombs of the New Dynasty in the Valley of the Kings. The trip also includes a visit to the Cairo Antiquities Museum, the Bazaar Quarter in Cairo, and a four-day river cruise along the river Nile.

Projected cost of the trip to Egypt:

  • Grand Hyatt Hotel – Movenpick Radamis 1 Nile cruise:
    • $1,695.00 per person, double occupancy
    • $1,595.00 per person, triple occupancy
  • Helnan Shepheard Hotel – Movenpick Radamis 1 Nile cruise:
    • $1,595.00 per person, double occupancy
    • $1,535 per person, triple occupancy

The above rates are based on services listed in the Classical Egypt Program of Tours & Travel Dimensions, Inc., and includes the following:

  • Round Trip Airfare: New York/ Egypt. “Non-Stop” services between USA/Egypt
  • Round Trip Domestic Airfare within Egypt: Cairo/Aswan and Luxor/ Cairo
  • Local Escort services at Airports, Hotels and Nile Cruise Depots
  • Four Nights Deluxe Hotel Accommodation in Cairo at hotel in Cairo. Overlooking the Nile
  • Buffet Breakfast Daily at Hotel In Cairo
  • Two full days of Cairo sightseeing’s
  • Four Nights on board the Deluxe Movenpick Radamis 1 Nile Cruise
  • Three Meals Daily on board Nile Cruise
  • Services of English-speaking Guide
  • All shore Excursions as per Nile Cruise Ship’s Itinerary
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes, and Services Charges
  • Porterage at Airports, Hotels, and Nile Cruise Depots
  • Transfers, Meetings at Airports, Hotels, and Nile Cruise Depots

Please note that airfares are subject to change without notice. Any increase in governmental taxes, sales taxes, entrance fees, and service charge, will be added to the above rates. Departure taxes are not included.

Optional Tours

  • $35 Per Person. Sound and Light Show at the Great Pyramids / Sphinx
  • $40 Per Person. Sound and Light Show at the Karnak Temple in Luxor
  • $45 Per Person. Sound and Light Show at the Philae Temple in Aswan
    All the above rates includes: Round Trip Transfer To/From Site and Entrance Fees
  • $200 Per Person. Abu Simbel Temples visit, including: Round Trip Transfers, Round Trip Domestic Airfare, Services of local (Temple Site) English-speaking Guide
  • $40 Per Person. Nefertari Tomb, including English-speaking Guide, and entrance fees
  • $20 Per Person. Tutankhamon Tomb, including English-speaking Guide, and entrance fees

    Any increase in taxes, sales taxes, entrance fees, and service charge, will be added to the above rates

Tentative Itinerary

March 12, 2004: USA – Egypt
Depart the USA via Egypt Air “ Non-Stop” flight. Dinner served aloft

March 13, 2004: Egypt/Cairo
Upon arrival in Egypt, you are met and escorted to your hotel and assisted with check–in

March 14, 2004: Cairo
Visit Memphis, Sakkara, the Pyramids, Sphinx, and Solar Boat Museum

March 15, 2004: Cairo
Visit the Egyptian Museum. Old Jewish, Coptic and Islamic Cairo. Ben Ezra Synagogue, Moallaka Church, and the Citadel. Tour Khan – El – Khalili Bazaar

March 16, 2004: Cairo/Nile Cruise
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Aswan

Option:Abu Simbel
Upon your arrival in Aswan. Transfer to board cruise ship in time for lunch. “Felucca” sailing around Elephantine and Kitchener’s Island, and the Agha Khan Mausoleum.

March 17, 2004: Nile Cruise
Visit Aswan High Dam Dam and its huge lake. Philae Temple. Stop at the ancient Granite Quarries. Sail to Kom – Ombo and tour Temples. Sail to Edfu

March 18, 2004: Nile Cruise
Today we visit the best preserved temple in all Egypt, Horus Temple at Edfu. Pass Esna lock. Visit Khnum Temple

March 19, 2004: Nile Cruise/Cairo
Cross the Nile to visit Colossi of Memnon, and Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s only female pharaoh. Visit the Valley of Kings and Queens where tombs of 65 pharaohs and 57 queens have been discovered, and enter some of them

March 20, 2004: Nile Cruise/Cairo
Your sightseeing begins at the Karnak Temple, where nearly all of the Egyptian pharaohs recorded their names and deeds for posterity. Continue your visit to the Luxor Temple. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival in Cairo, transfer to your hotel . Assistance with check-in

March 21, 2004: Cairo – USA
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Arrive New York (JFK) same day