Survey of Regional Prehistory: Egypt and the Near East
Professor R. Wright

Course Description and Goals

Cairo, Egypt with the pyramids at Giza visible on the horizon at center.

In this course we will study two "dead" civilizations-ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia--but ones well-known to us from the buildings, cities, objects and writing they have left behind. These two unique cultures built magnificent pyramids, produced works of art and wrote poetry that many students may know from films, television, magazines, newspapers or courses taken before college. The course has three principal aims:

By the end of the semester, I expect students to have a deep appreciation for the accomplishments of people in the past and some sense of their own place in the larger scheme of world history.

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