Archaeology: Exploring Ancient Egyptian Society

Ref: C3740831

“We shall look at the important work of artists and craftsmen within Egyptian society, and also at the roles of women, soldiers and slaves. Each topic will be illustrated by powerpoint presentations highlighting the wonderful antiquities which Ancient Egypt has to offer”.

Additional information about this course

One session will be a visit TBC.

Course aim

“We shall look at the important work of artists and craftsmen within Egyptian society, and also at the roles of women, soldiers and slaves. Each topic will be illustrated by powerpoint presentations highlighting the wonderful antiquities which Ancient Egypt has to offer”.

Who is the course for?

Anybody interested in ancient history.

What topics will this course cover

Ancient Egyptian craftsmen who built and decorated tombs; who produced fabulous works of art - colossal or minute. Ancient Egyptian women - their importance & status in the Egyptian society. Slaves - did they build the pyramids? Soldiers and the Egyptian army.

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. Recognise royal and non royal tomb. 2. Name 1 piece of artwork produced for each period - Old, Middle and New Kingdom. 3. Explain why Egyptians used grid for their paintings. 4. Could women own land? What proof do we have? 5. Did slavery exist in Egypt?

How will I know I'm making progress?

Students ask questions and discuss many topics. They are asked to investigate a topic and report. The tutor brings quizzes and answers are discussed.

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

Pen and paper.

Reading and information sources

Baines, J. & Malek, J. Atlas of Ancient Egypt. Oxford, 1980. Grimal, A. A History of Ancient Egypt. Oxford, 1992. Donadoni, S. (ed.) The Egyptians. Chicago, 1997. Shaw, I. & Nicholson, P. The British Museum Dictionary of Ancient Egypt. London, 1995.

What could the course lead to?

Future courses in Egyptology.

Download full course outline

Archaeology: Exploring Ancient Egyptian Society 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
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • 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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