Religion in Ancient Egypt

7.5 credits

Course, Master's level, 5EG705

Spring 2024 Spring 2024, Uppsala, 50%, On-campus, English

Spring 2024 Spring 2024, Uppsala, 50%, On-campus, English For exchange students

Spring 2025 Spring 2025, Uppsala, 50%, On-campus, English

Spring 2025 Spring 2025, Uppsala, 50%, On-campus, English For exchange students

About the course

Religion was an integral part of ancient Egyptian life and society. The course provides an in-depth analysis of religious practices from late Prehistory until Roman times. These practices include feasts, which formed an essential part of cultural cohesion. In addition, the course includes an in-depth examination of the evolution of religious texts, from simple offering formulae to complex compositions, such as the Pyramid and Coffin Texts, the Book of the Dead, Netherworld books and hymns and prayers. Royal and non-royal everyday religious practices will be analysed in context.

Similarly, objects (e.g. stelae, sarcophagi, canopic jars and other burial equipment) and their particular function(s) are central to understanding ancient Egyptian religion. Their meaning and function will be discussed throughout the course, with a special focus on the audience(s).

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