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In this seminar, we consider the nature of "history" and how it is made and understood in the study of ancient Greece and Egypt. We examine both texts and material culture as sources of historic knowledge and deal with the question of historic "truth", objectivity, and the challenges of interpretive processes. We study how the schools of historical and archaeological scholarship of the 20th and 21st centuries have approached writing histories. We also consider the role of contemporary politics and economics as influencers of research agendas and possibilities.