History-Exploring Ramesside Egypt

Ref: C3528395

This course will explore the 19th and 20th Dynasties of ancient Egypt which form the Ramesside Period. We will study the history of these fascinating centuries from the glories of Ramesses II including his 'victory' at the Battle of Kadesh to the Harem Conspiracy that probably resulted in the death of Ramesses III to the tomb Robberies of the late 20th dynasty. This is a period of monumental building including the Seti I temple at Abydos, the Ramesseum, Abu Simbel and many decorated tombs in the Valley of the Kings. From this period also we learn much about day to day life and society using evidence from the workman's village at Deir el-Medina. In this wide-ranging course we combine the view from texts, archaeology, art and artefacts to construct a period of these last great rulers of ancient Egypt's New Kingdom and the decline and near collapse of the central state that followed.

Additional information about this course

SFA funded course

Course aim

This course will explore the 19th and 20th Dynasties of ancient Egypt. Studying history, art, architecture and society, we trace the period from the formation of the dynasty to the decline of late Ramesside Egypt.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Outline a scene from a Ramesside temple in Abydos.
  • List three monuments of Ramesses II.
  • Describe the result of the Battle of Kadesh.
  • Briefly explain what is meant by the Harem Conspiracy.

How will I be taught?

  • The basis of the course will be well illustrated presentations with opportunities for interaction, there will be a chance (but not requirement) for students to give a presentation.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • Informal feedback with no tests or exams

What else do I need to know?

  • A pen and paper will be useful for notes

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
  • While there is no requirement, students completely new to the subject may benefit from reading an introductory text to Egyptology, or the 19th/20th dynasties. An optional reading list will be provided on week 1.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Lectures with local ancient Egypt societies, online certificate/diploma courses, visit to Egypt

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History-Exploring Ramesside Egypt


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