Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Jeremy Pope

Committee Members

Tuska Benes

Andrew Tobolowsky


This thesis deconstructs the predominant pharaonic assertion that Egyptian rulers single-handedly unified a nation previously divided into northern and southern halves by presenting six case studies suggesting further, subnational identities within ancient Egypt. I present these case studies, from very different time periods, to suggest that there exists a correlation between written language and identity, and suggest areas in which further research of the same kind could be fruitful. The case studies will include two letters from Kellis, settled in the Roman period, the Shabaka Stone of the 25th dynasty, select coffin texts, a letter from Ramesside Deir el-Medina, predynastic notation and so-called Butic, and the earliest writing.

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