Old Kingdom Sites and Pyramids: History, Art and Artefacts

Ref: C2419189

This course will introduce the ancient Egyptian Old Kingdom or Pyramid age, studying the history, buildings and art of this foundation phase of the ancient Egyptian civilization. We will trace Egyptian history from unification to the decline of the Old Kingdom, we will study the evolution and construction of pyramids and state institutions. Old Kingdom art provided a benchmark for millennia in Ancient Egypt and in this course will be follow a number of important case studies considering tomb reliefs and artefacts.

Course aim

This course will introduce the ancient Egyptian Old Kingdom or Pyramid age, studying the history, buildings and art of this foundation phase of the ancient Egyptian civilization.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Those new to the subject may benefit from reading an introduction to Egyptology.

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

  • Compare the tomb decoration of a pharaoh with that of a private individual in the Old Kingdom
  • Describe the changes in pyramid design and construction through the Old Kingdom
  • Discuss the features and purpose of the Step Pyramid complex
  • Outline the main themes of the Pyramid Texts
  • Compare a First Dynasty Abydos Burial to Djoser's burial at Saqqara

How will I be taught?

  • The sessions will comprise of well-illustrated presentations with lots of chance for interaction.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Informal and ongoing with no tests or exams

What else do I need to know?

  • A pen and paper will be useful

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
  • Those new to the subject especially may benefit from reading an introductory text prior to, or during the course as time allows.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Lectures with the Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society, Friends of the Petrie Museum, Egypt Exploration Society and others.

Download full course outline

Old Kingdom Sites and Pyramids: History, Art and Artefacts Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online 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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing