What is the course about?
Seti I ruled Egypt around 1289 – 1279 BC in the middle of the New Kingdom, Egypt’s age of empire. The country was continuing to recover from the upheavals of the Amarna Period some fifty years earlier. After a series of elderly pharaohs, Seti I came to the throne as an energetic young man, ruling so wisely that he became a role model for his successors. He conducted successful military campaigns and built glorious architecture. Sadly he died after only ten years on the throne.
What will we cover?
The domestic and international situation within which Seti I was crowned king. Military campaigns in Canaan, Syria, Libya and Nubia. Building works throughout Egypt, but particularly the Hypostyle Hall at Karnak and the glorious temple he started at Abydos. His often-overlooked mortuary temple on the West Bank at Luxor. His magnificent tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the longest, deepest and finest tomb so far discovered there. His legacy.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify the principal historical, social and political developments during this period
- Assess the achievements of Seti I in the context of the period in which he reigned
- Use appropriate strategies to handle the evidence of the period.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course. You will gain more from the course, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading. As with most of our courses, intellectual curiosity and an open mind are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This course consists of a series of tutor-led lectures illustrated by images, with opportunities to ask questions. Additional museum visits and reading outside the course will greatly enhance the experience.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Limited book purchases recommended but optional.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any other Classical Civilisations classes in the summer or from September. See our website or prospectus for details.