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The Egyptians are one of the most fascinating peoples of the ancient world. This subject will study the distinctive character of Egyptian civilisation which emerged in the Nile valley during the early third millennium BCE and survived right through until the spread of Christianity. Through a systematic survey spanning the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms students will be introduced to the historical and cultural achievements of dynastic Egypt. Object-based learning is an important focus of this subject. Knowledge acquisition will be reinforced through the study and handling of authentic ancient objects in the classroom. Study of the monuments, reliefs, inscriptions, literature and material remains of the royal rulers of the period covered by the native Egyptian dynasties from about 2950-332 BCE (with the brief interruptions of foreign rule) will provide students with a unique insight into the power and authority of one the ancient world’s most enduring empires.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject students will be able to:
- demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of the literary evidence and material culture of the ancient Egyptian pharaonic civilisation;
- apply appropriate critical skills and methodologies (including historical, literary and archaeological) to the research and analysis of the ancient Egyptian civilisation;
- identify and engage critically with primary sources for the interpretation of ancient Egyptian civilisation;
- identify and engage critically with scholarship in the field of Egyptian archaeology and the ancient pharaonic civilisation;
- approach all evidence about the ancient Egyptian civilisation with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values;
- work effectively, in groups and independently, to identify, discuss and critically analyse key issues in the interpretation of Egyptian archaeology and the ancient pharaonic civilisation;
- communicate interpretations of ancient Egyptian texts and artefacts effectively, both orally and in writing.
Last updated: 9 April 2020