Ancient Egypt: Amarna and the Boy King

Ref: C3745629

Ancient Egypt is known for cultural continuity and traditions that endured for three millennia. One such tradition of a polytheistic approach to religion was challenged in the eighteenth dynasty of the New Kingdom. The pharaoh Amenhotep IV changed his name to Akhenaten and established a new form of divine kingship based on the sun-disc the Aten to the exclusion of other gods. This monotheistic revolution was accompanied by a radical change in the style and iconography of Egyptian art and the rapid construction of a new capital at el-Amarna. This course explores the rise and fall of the Amarna period which on the death of Akhenaten was followed by a counter-revolution under the reign of his son Tutankhamun. We evaluate Tutankhamun's reign as well as his death, and now famous burial in KV62 within the Valley of the Kings.

Course aim

This course will cover one of the most fascinating periods of ancient Egyptian history, the religious revolution of the Heretic Pharaoh Akhenaten and the return to orthodoxy and premature death and burial of his son Tutankhamun.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Discuss if the Amarna period was truly monotheistic
  • Outline changes in Amarna art from traditional New Kingdom art
  • Debate why Akhenaten may have initiated such unprecedented changes
  • Identify at least three artefacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Well-illustrated presentations with ongoing group interaction

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Informal, there will be a short zoom quiz (anonymous and optional) at the start of each session on the material of the previous week.

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • If time allows newcomers to the subject may benefit from reading a general introduction to ancient Egypt and especially chapters on the New Kingdom.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Lectures at the Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society www.tvaes.org.uk

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Ancient Egypt: Amarna and the Boy King

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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