Lecture 5a: Egyptian Culture

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(Brians: 22-32)

Questions about "Hymn to Sekhmet-Bast": Who created the other gods? Does this hymn try to discourage wicked behavior? Where?

Questions about "Hymn to Osiris:" What pairs of opposites are used to describe various aspects of Osiris? *What is one of Osiris' functions?

Question about "Your love, dear man, is as lovely to me:" *What are the qualities that the speaker prizes in a good marriage?

Questions about "Once more you pass her house, deep in thought:" Why does the lover want to replace the wooden door with a new one? How is this poem flattering to the man?

Questions about "If I could just be the washerman:" What fantasy is the speaker indulging in here?

Question about "Dialogue of a Man With His Soul:" *What are some of the experiences in life that the poet seems most to prize?

Question about "In Praise of Learned Scribes:" *What are the main advantages of being a scribe?

Question about "Hymn to the Aton of Akhnaton:" *What are some of the blessings of sunlight listed in this poem?

Lecture topics:
Religion
Akhnaton's monotheistic revolution
Nefertiti
Art & Architecture
Tutankhamen's tomb, temples, pyramids
Themes from daily life depicted in tomb paintings
Music and Dance
Literature

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