Egyptology day

Course Dates: 28/10/17
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

After thousands of years, the legacy of the Ancient Egyptians continues to captivate. This October, leading experts shed new light on this mysterious civilisation at City Lit's annual Egyptology day, delivered in partnership with the Egypt Exploration Society. No prior knowledge is required - just bring your curiosity!

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Egyptology day


What is the course about?

City Lit presents Egyptology Day, a series of lectures on the world of the Ancient Egyptians.

What will we cover?


10.30: Welcome and introduction

10.35-11.30: Scepticism, Subversion and Satire in Ancient Egypt - Michael Duigan
Was the ‘cosmic order’ created by a divine pharaoh a state-sponsored myth? Does selective and partial evidence mislead us? There are indications that this ideology might sometimes be questioned and challenged.

11.30-12.00: Refreshments

12.00-13.00: Textiles and fashion in Ancient Egypt - Rosalind Janssen
What can surviving textiles tell us about the minutiae of daily life in Ancient Egypt? We will consider how the Egyptians wove such fine linen, what other fabrics were available, how they pleated their party dresses, and how often and they washed their underwear.

13.00-14.00: Lunch break

14.00-15.00: 1000 Miles along the Nile: the story of Amelia Edwards - Lorna Oakes
Amelia Edwards was an intrepid traveller and prolific writer in Victorian times. Her most famous book was 1000 Miles along the Nile and describes her trip to Egypt in 1873. Not only does she vividly describe the monuments but writes in engaging detail about her many exploits including her party’s ‘spring cleaning’ of the statue of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel.

15.00-15.30: Break – café open

15.30-16.30 The Egypt Exploration Society: Pioneers of British archaeology in Egypt – Carl Graves
This presentation will introduce the Egypt Exploration Society, from its foundation by Miss Amelia Edwards in 1882 through to its current excavations and activities as the UK’s largest crowd-funding organisation supporting fieldwork and research in Egyptology..

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- demonstrate some knowledge about different aspects of life in Ancient Egypt.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Anyone with a love of Egypt is welcome to join this day. No previous knowledge required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Talks and discussions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Coffee/tea provided during the morning break.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Advice on further reading available on request. You will find a full list of Classics courses in our programme guide and online at

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See the course guide for term dates and further details


Book your place

Course Code: RC071

Sat, day, 28 Oct - 28 Oct '17

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £49.00
Senior fee: £39.00
Concession: £25.00
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