Ancient Egypt:Hatshepsut, Amarna and the Boy King - Ancient Egypt's 18th Dynasty

Ref: C3739972

The eighteenth dynasty in ancient Egypt was the time of empire, prosperity, religious heresy and the brief reign and premature death of Tutankhamun, this course uses documentation from the period to explore this fascinating period in the history of Egypt.

Additional information about this course

First and last sessions only are 2.5 hours; remaining sessions 2 hours.

Course aim

This course will survey the early New Kingdom, a period of wealth, strength and stability in ancient Egypt. From the unification of Egypt by Ahmose, to the exceptional reign of female pharaoh Hatshepsut, the extraordinary religious reform of ‘heretic’ pharaoh Akhenaten to the treasure of Tutankhamen we will review the 18th dynasty, a unique period in Egyptian history.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

This course will survey the early New Kingdom, a period of wealth, strength and stability in ancient Egypt. From the unification of Egypt by Ahmose, to the exceptional reign of female pharaoh Hatshepsut, the extraordinary religious reform of ‘heretic’ pharaoh Akhenaten to the treasure of Tutankhamen we will review the 18th dynasty, a unique period in Egyptian history.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Outline the decorative themes of 18th dynasty royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. 2. Briefly describe a key historical event of the eighteenth dynasty. 3. Explain the different roles that Hatshepsut fulfilled. 4. Discuss the suggestion that all religion during the Amarna period was monotheistic.

How will I know I'm making progress?

The course will be primarily taught with well-illustrated presentations and whole-group discussion. Feedback will be on an ongoing informal basis with no tests or exams, but supported by Individual Learning Plans.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Pen and Paper.

Reading and information sources

Those new would benefit from reading an introduction text such as Kathryn Bard's Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology, but this is not essential and can be obtained during the course. A full reading list will be provided in week 1 for those able to undertake private study.

What could the course lead to?

Further continuing education courses with the WEA and others, online study, informal study with specialist lectures such as those at the Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society, and beyond.

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Ancient Egypt:Hatshepsut, Amarna and the Boy King - Ancient Egypt's 18th Dynasty Course Outline

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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