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Saturday, January 13, 2018
10:00 AM


Oriental Institute


General $196, members $157, University of Chicago Students (UChicago Arts Pass) $49

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Online: Sat, January 13–February 3, 2018
On-site: Sat, January 13–February 3, 2018, 10:00–12:00 pm in Oriental Institute Room 210

Instructor: Brian Muhs, PhD, Associate Professor of Egyptology, Oriental Institute

Course Description:
Ancient Egyptian systems of justice seem to have distinguished between crimes and civil disputes. Officials could conduct criminal investigations on their own initiative, or in response to petitions from private individuals. Private individuals could also petition officials or gods to adjudicate civil disputes, and officials could decide the cases themselves or send them to trial before a court. This course will use translations of Ancient Egyptian records of criminal investigations, petitions, and civil trials to examine how Ancient Egyptian systems of justice operated. Ancient Egyptian attitudes toward these systems will also be studied through literary depictions of criminal investigations. The course can be taken in person or online.

Registration required
Registration Deadline: January 6, 2018