Ptolemaic Egypt

Ref: C3747584

Two thousand years after the pyramids ancient Egyptian culture is still flourishing - but how has it changed? How does Egypt weather the storms of invasion from Nubia, Assyria, Persia and especially Macedonia? This course will focus on the later periods of ancient Egyptian history. We will briefly review the preceding periods of Egyptian history before starting our more detailed review with Alexander the Great and his conquest of Egypt. From here using a range of evidence we examine Ptolemaic Egypt, its rise and decline, culminating in the death of Cleopatra VII and Egypt's absorption into the Roman empire.

Course aim

In this course we will briefly review earlier historical periods before focusing on Ptolemaic Egypt (332-30 BC)

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Briefly summarize the lead-up in terms of dynasties Egypt to the conquest of Alexander the Great
  • Identify three rulers of the Ptolemaic Dynasty
  • Discuss a Ptolemaic scene from an Egyptian temple
  • Outline an example of cultural fusion

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

A pen and paper will be useful. Any background or ongoing reading or Museum visits will be helpful, but none is required.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Ptolemaic Egypt

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