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The Egyptians are one of the most captivating peoples of the ancient world, and their distinctive civilisation, which flourished in the Nile Valley from the early third millennium BCE onwards, continues to fascinate scholars and enthusiasts alike. This unique subject, designed to coincide with the opening of the National Gallery of Victoria's (NGV) 2024 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, ‘Pharaoh’, will delve into the multifaceted character of Egyptian civilisation that endured until the Roman conquest of Egypt in 30 BCE. Through a systematic survey spanning the Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms as well as the Late and Ptolemaic Periods, students will be introduced to the historical and cultural achievements of ancient Egypt.
The subject will explore the monuments, reliefs, inscriptions, literature, and material culture of the royal rulers from the Egyptian dynasties, dating from about 2950-30 BCE (with brief interruptions of foreign rule). This comprehensive study will provide students with unparalleled insights into the power and authority of one of the ancient world's most enduring civilisations. The focus on object-based learning is a vital aspect of this subject. Knowledge acquisition will be enriched through the study and handling of authentic ancient objects in the University’s collections and through the viewing and discussion of works in the NGV’s exhibition.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject students should 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: 20 February 2024