Gender and Ritual in Ancient Egyptian Funerary Practices




Ancient Egyptian men and women constructed enduring mortuary monuments, compiled funerary texts, and created elaborate myths & intricate rituals to deal with death. This course explores how women feature in ancient Egyptian conceptions of death, salvation, and the afterlife and whether the Egyptians conceived of gendered pathways to the afterlife.By the end of this course, students will be familiar with the various issues surrounding identifying gender & religion in the archaeological record and will have gained a thorough understanding of how the Egyptian conceived of the divine, the self, death, divine judgment, and the afterlife. Students will also learn about the various genres of funerary composition and how were used to help the deceased achieve a transfigured, “blessed state.”


Additional Information

Faculty: Mariam Ayad
Semester: Full Fall Term
Time: Mon, 12:00 - 1:59 p.m. ET