Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures 24, Section 1

Animals in Ancient Egypt (1 unit, LG)

Professor Carol Redmount
Thursday 1:00-2:00, 235 Dwinelle Hall, Class number: 26015

The ancient Egyptians had a rich and multifaceted relationship with the natural world around them, especially with animals. Animals, domestic and wild, played symbolic roles in the Egyptian universe as representatives and manifestations of various deities, and practical roles in the lives of ancient Egyptians where they functioned as pets, food, and offerings to the gods. In this one-hour seminar we will look at some of the many different ways the ancient Egyptians related to the animals populating their universe.

Instructor Bio

Carol Redmount is an archaeologist who has been excavating in the Middle East, and especially Egypt, for over thirty years. Her fieldwork research has taken place in Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Cyprus, Tunisia and the United States. Over the years she has adopted cats from Israel and Jordan and sponsored a dog and a cat from Egypt for adoption. She has always been fascinated by the ancient Egyptians' complex relationships with the many animals in their world and looks forward to exploring these further in this seminar. She lives in Berkeley with four rescue animals—one small dog and two cats—as well as two parrots.

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Students with an interest in ancient Egypt and animals. No prior knowledge anticipated or required.