Egyptology: Daily Life and Society in Ancient Egypt

Ref: C3741199

Thanks to the decipherment of Hieroglyphs and the at times remarkable preservation of texts and artefacts from ancient Egypt we are able to gain fascinating glimpses into this culture which endured for three millennia. This course will review a range of sources such as tomb scenes, objects, texts and ostraca all of which will help us piece by piece reveal what life and society was like in Pharaonic Egypt. We will review topics such as birth and death, love and relationships, work and occupations, play and education, illness and medicine, housing, courts and punishments, wealth and poverty, and religion in ancient Egypt with particular emphasis on individuals and personal piety.

Course aim

This course considers society and daily life in ancient Egypt considering topics such as birth and death, love and relationships, work, play, education, housing, wealth and poverty and personal piety.

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:

  • Debate the evidence provided by Deir el-Medina for daily life in ancient Egypt
  • Discuss the so-called Satire of the Trades
  • Describe an artefact of daily life from Egypt
  • Outline the evidence for housing from ancient Egypt

How will I be taught?

  • The sessions will be taught using well-illustrated but interactive presentations combined with reading and brief discussion of texts. There will be an opportunity (but not requirement) for students to prepare a brief presentation.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • Informal with no tests or exams

What else do I need to know?

  • Pen and Paper for notes

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Students new to the subject would benefit from reading an introductory text to ancient Egypt.

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, further online study for a certificate or diploma in Egyptology.

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Egyptology: Daily Life and Society in Ancient Egypt Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

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  • 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
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