This course is an adventure! It is a series of video/slide presentations ("mashups") which will take you through the splendor of ancient Egypt: before pharaoh and the origins of state; the fascinating theology of ancient Egypt and a sampling of the gods which drove those beliefs; the evolving symbolism of the pyramid and the functions of the myriads of temples found up and down the Nile. The eternal importance of the rites of mummification and the compelling pharaohs of renown from the 18th through the 20th dynasties: Hatshepsut (the woman who would and was king); the mighty Thutmosis III; the monotheistic Akhenaten and his son, Tutankaten, better known as Tutankhamun, and others. Perhaps the most compelling aspect of this course is the exposure to Middle Kingdom hieroglyphics and the unusual and rare challenge of learning the basics of translation. Take the beginning steps along the path of becoming an ancient scribe! Ten days is the approximate time it should take to complete this class.
Join me for this great and enjoyable adventure!
A description of the theology which drove the culture of ancient Egypt.
A sampling from the myriad of Egyptian gods.
Understand the basics of Egyptian religion and how they viewed the cosmos.
The ideas behind the true pyramid.
How did they do it?
Appreciate how the temples of ancient Egypt were understood in a state driven by the underpinnings of its theology.
The economic and theological role of the temple in society.
The early temple sites: Nekhen and Abydos. The intriguing initiaion process performed at the Osireion.
Eternal life requires a body!
The Valley of the Kings was really a pyramid.
Hatshepsut: When the gods of Egypt called, the voice of a woman answered!
Thutmosis III: Great Egyptian military general.
Change in a changeless land.
The only undisturbed royal burial ever found and excavated.
What's in a name?
You will understand the Egyptian alphabet and begin to learn a sampling of ancient vocabulary words.
Ryan Parr has a PhD in Biological Anthropology, a Master's degree in ancient Near Eastern Studies and a B.S. in Zoology. He has taught courses on ancient Egypt and Biblical history at the university level, with language components including Egyptian hieroglyphics or Biblical Hebrew. Using ancient DNA analyses, he continues to work on the genetic analyses of Kellis 2, a Coptic Christian cemetery in the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt. In addition, he was the principal investigator on a project which identified an Unknown Child from the 1912 RMS Titanic disaster. This project was the subject of a National Geographic documentary entitled Titanic's Ghosts (Secrets of the Dead series). He has been the Chief Science Officer for two companies involved with the early detection of cancer and cardiovascular disease.