Date & Time
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Oriental Institute Museum
General $392, members $314, University of Chicago Students (UChicago Arts Pass) $98
Oriental Institute - Public Education Office
Thursdays, Jan 10–Feb 28, 6:00–8:00pm in Oriental Institute Room 210 and online
Instructor: Foy Scalf, PhD (head of the Research
Archives of the Oriental Institute)
Why did the Egyptians wrap mummies in linen? Did they believe in a human soul? How did they envision life after death? Who was Osiris? This course will seek answers to those (and other) questions through an introduction to the religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Egyptians. Each week we will cover a thematic topic with readings, lectures, and discussions. Focus will be placed on trying to understand ancient Egyptian perspectives in order to correct popular mischaracterizations. Students will get the chance to learn about ancient Egyptian creation accounts, the pantheon of gods, the role of humans, conceptions of the afterlife, the mysteries of Osiris, ritual practices, and domestic religion.
Students will have the option of taking this hybrid course both online and on-site. Weekly classroom lectures will be livestreamed for students watching online, who will be able to participate through an online chat conference. Each lecture video is then archived for future viewing at the students’ convenience. All class materials will be available to every student through an online Canvas portal. Required textbooks: Byron E. Shafer, ed., Religion in Ancient Egypt: Gods, Myths, and Personal Practice (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991), and Jan Assman, Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt (trans. David Lorton; Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005).