Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

909

Date

2013

Date of Award

7-18-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

Art History

Concentration

Egyptian Art and Archaeology

Committee Chair

Lorelei H. Corcoran

Committee Member

Suzanne L. Onstine

Committee Member

Patricia V. Podzorski

Committee Member

Robert P. Connolly

Abstract

This thesis is an exercise in applying classic and contemporary anthropological class theory to an ancient Egyptian context. The primary goal of this study is to argue for the emergence of a middle class during the First Intermediate Period (2118 - 1980 BC). The rise and fall of the Second Style in relief carvings found on funerary stelae will be related to the emergence of this class. As the class emerged, it took for itself this artistic style as one of its defining characteristics. By its conclusion, this thesis will have proved that a middle class did indeed arise during the First Intermediate Period. The ultimate fate of this middle class, however, is a matter for future study. This thesis will hopefully open the way for future discourse on the use of class theory in Egyptology as well as widen our understanding of the social complexities of the First Intermediate Period.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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