Prof. Karl Petruso


• Students will understand the major phases in the development of the material culture of Egypt from the Paleolithic period to the Arab invasion, with a focus on the first twenty dynasties (ca. 3100-1000 BCE). This will include an ability to recognize major stylistic evolution in architecture and the major arts.
• Students will understand the impact of the physical environment of Egypt (climate, landscape and natural resources) on the development of culture in the region throughout antiquity.
• Through the example of ancient Egypt, students will learn how archaeologists approach the silent, fragmentary, often equivocal material remains of past cultures in their effort to understand and explain the lifeways—economic, social, political and religioius—of early cultures.
• Students will understand the major developments in the history of technology in this part of the world from the period of hunting and gathering through the rise and evolution of complex society.
• Students will understand the impact of the invention of writing through the study of stone inscriptions, clay tablets and papyri. To allow the Egyptians to speak for themselves as much as possible, selected works of ancient Egyptian literature will be read in translation.
• Students will consider the ways in which the culture of the ancient Egyptians has been packaged and depicted historically in museum exhibitions, with a view to enhancing their understanding and appreciation of how antiquity in general is presented to the public.



• Assigned readings are to be completed before their associated lectures.
• You should bookmark the website for this course and refer to it frequently: (eg2010consp.html). All pages on the course website are dynamic, and I reserve the option to make changes to them at any time. Moreover, many readings on the syllabus are online, listed as links.
• Roll will be taken in this course. Your attendance is expected, and your academic performance will be directly related to your presence or absence. You are responsible for all material presented and discussed in class. If you must miss a lecture, you should arrange to read a classmate's notes.
• I will begin lecturing at 9:30 or very shortly thereafter. You are expected to be in attendance by then. If you must very occasionally arrive late or leave early, please enter or depart the room as unobtrusively as possible.
• Audio or video recording devices may not be used in class except by permission. If you need to record the lectures, see me privately as soon as possible.
• Taking lecture notes for distribution outside the classroom, e.g., by contract with companies that sell lecture notes to other students, is strictly prohibited.
• Should you decide to drop this course, responsibility for doing so is yours. Faculty may not drop students for nonattendance. The final date to drop this course with a W is Friday, November 5. Thereafter, all students whose names appear on the class roll will receive a letter grade.
Cell phones and pagers are to be turned off during classtime, and are to be stowed. if a phone rings during a class session, I will administer a pop quiz.
Laptops may not be used for taking notes in this course.
• The best way to contact me is by email, through your MyMav account. I consider all correspondence about the course to be official, and as such it should be via our UTA accounts. To assure confidentiality, I will not respond to messages from non-UTA email accounts. I shall expect email messages addressed to me to look like formal correspondence, with salutation and signature, care taken in composition, spelling, grammar, syntax, etc.; and I will expect to see something pertinent entered in the subject line. I will not respond to emails that look like instant messages.


• A quiz on Egyptian chronology and geography (date on syllabus), worth 15% of the final grade.
• Three written examinations (objective) spaced at approximately equal intervals throughout the term (dates on syllabus), each worth 20% of the final grade.
• A research paper, due near the end of the course (date on syllabus), worth 25% of the final grade.

• All students are expected to write the quiz and exams on the days scheduled. A missed quiz or exam will receive a grade of zero. No make-up exams will be administered in this course except under the most dire or unusual of circumstances (e.g., documented medical emergency).
• No work for extra credit is necessary, and none will be accepted in lieu of missed requirements or to raise grades.
• It is expected that all work for the course will be completed by the end of the semester. Incompletes will be granted only under very exceptional circumstances, and only by compelling request in advance.
• Although this is a primarily a lecture course, questions and comments are invited at any time, and in-class discussion of the material under consideration is welcome.


• As above, but in addition, you will make a brief (10 minute maximum) PowerPoint presentation to the class (after midterm) on a topic to be negotiated with me. Topics should be settled no later than September 30.
• Your final course grade will be determined as follows: Quiz, 10%; exams, 20% each; research paper, 20%; class presentation,10%.


Drop Policy: Students may drop or swap (adding and dropping a class concurrently) classes through self-service in MyMav from the beginning of the registration period through the late registration period. After the late registration period, students must see their academic advisor to drop a class or withdraw. Undeclared students must see an advisor in the University Advising Center. Drops can continue through a point two-thirds of the way through the term or session. It is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw if they do not plan to attend after registering. Students will not be automatically dropped for non-attendance. Repayment of certain types of financial aid administered through the University may be required as the result of dropping classes or withdrawing. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Americans with Disabilities Act: The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of all federal equal opportunity legislation, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). All instructors at UT Arlington are required by law to provide "reasonable accommodations" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Any student requiring an accommodation for this course must provide the instructor with official documentation in the form of a letter certified by the staff in the Office for Students with Disabilities, University Hall 102. Only those students who have officially documented a need for an accommodation will have their request honored. Information regarding diagnostic criteria and policies for obtaining disability-based academic accommodations can be found at or by calling the Office for Students with Disabilities at (817) 272-3364.

Academic Integrity: It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University. According to the UT System Regents’ Rules, "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts."

Student Support Services available: The University of Texas at Arlington provides a variety of resources and programs designed to help students develop academic skills, deal with personal situations, and better understand concepts and information related to their courses. These resources include tutoring, major-based learning centers, developmental education, advising and mentoring, personal counseling, and federally funded programs. For individualized referrals to resources for any reason, students may contact the Maverick Resource Hotline at 817-272-6107 or visit for more information.

Electronic Communication Policy: The University of Texas at Arlington has adopted the University “MavMail” address as the sole official means of communication with students. MavMail is used to remind students of important deadlines, advertise events and activities, and permit the University to conduct official transactions exclusively by electronic means. For example, important information concerning registration, financial aid, payment of bills, and graduation are now sent to students through the MavMail system. All students are assigned a MavMail account. Students are responsible for checking their MavMail regularly. Information about activating and using MavMail is available at There is no additional charge to students for using this account, and it remains active even after they graduate from UT Arlington.

Conspectus          Syllabus          Research Paper          Bibliography