Splendour and Decline. Egypt from the XXIInd to the XXVth Dynasties
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Course Code: RC003
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
Magnificent and intact royal tombs at Tanis and plundered pyramid burials in Kush. Grand architectural projects in Thebes and Nubia. Some of the most interesting texts to survive from Ancient Egypt (supplemented by the Old Testament) document these events.
What will we cover?
The creation of a new Dynasty (the XXIInd) by a warrior pharaoh - Sheshonq I, conqueror of Jerusalem. Triamphal reliefs and monumental architectural additions to Amun's temple at Karnak. Sheshonq's successors extend these monuments and are interned with spectacular treasures in the royal necropolis. Their rule is challenged in a period of chaos by rival and ephemeral dynasties. Energetic rulers emerge from Nubia (claiming to be champions of Amun) to conquer Egypt and establish the great XXVth Dynasty. Taharqa, featuring in the Old Testament is confronted by Assyria, the greatest power in the Near East, which will eventually invade Egypt, destroy Thebes and terminate his dynasty.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Explain key political, social and cultural events in Ancient Egypt in their historical context
- Recognise the style, period and context for archaeological objects, images and texts
- Use appropriate evidence and strategies for analysing this ancient material.
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 participate and 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. Curiosity, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about opposing views are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Illustrated lectures, group discussions, questions, readings and analysis of original texts (in translation). In addition (if you so wish) you are very welcome to make a presentation on any related subject of your choice.
Museum visits and reading outside the course will 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?
Another Egyptology class in Term 2.
Michael teaches Classical and Ancient history at the City Lit. For many years he lectured in the Certificate/Diploma in History of Art course at London University, Birkbeck. He delivered a course in the ‘Classical Tradition’ at St Mary’s University and on ‘the Classical Artist’ at the Courtauld Institute. He also teaches a Summer School on Ancient Art in Christ Church, Oxford University. Michael acts as a tour guide to archaeological sites and museum collections.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.