Profs. Matthew Liebmann and Daniel Smail Tues. and Thurs. 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Harvard Hall 202
When does history begin? To judge by the typical history textbook, the answer is straightforward: six thousand years ago. So what about the tens of thousands of years of human existence described by archaeology and related disciplines? Is that history too?
Profs. Rowan Flad and Jason Ur Mon. and Wed. 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM CGIS South S010
What happened in the past? How do you know? Even though today we take great pains to document every major event that occurs, more than 99% of human history is not written down. How, then, can we determine with any certainty what people did, let alone thought about, hundreds, thousands, and even millions of years ago?
Prof. Peter Der Manuelian Mon. and Wed. 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Harvard Hall 101
How much of your impression of the ancient world was put there by Hollywood, music videos, or orientalist musings out of the West? How accurate are these depictions? Does it matter? This course examines the quintessential example of the “exotic, mysterious ancient world” – Ancient Egypt – to interrogate these questions. Who has “used” ancient Egypt as a construct, and to what purpose? Did you know that pyramids, mummies, King Tut, and Cleopatra represent just the (overhyped) tip of a very rich civilization that holds plenty of life lessons for today?