Ancient Egypt: Theban Temples Explored

Ref: C3742954

This course provides a chance to get under the covers of some core temples of ancient Egypt. Alongside its tombs the temples of ancient Thebes form a major visitor attraction. Defying a single narrative tourists visit temples with different characteristics. These include the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses II (the Ramesseum), the cultic temple complex of Amun-Re at Karnak, and the temple of Medinet Habu. We will explore the purpose, decoration, evolution and development of key Theban temples which can be visited today in modern Luxor.

Course aim

This course aims to describe in some detail as a 'virtual tour' examples of major Theban (modern Luxor) Temples including Karnak, the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses II (the Ramesseum), and the temple of Medinet Habu.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Discuss the difference between a cult and mortuary temple and the validity of the comparison
  • Briefly outline selected major developments at Karnak temple
  • Describe a scene from the Ramesseum
  • Discuss the history of the buildings at Medinet Habu

How will I be taught?

  • The course will include well-illustrated presentations supported by texts and other handouts, with lots of opportunities for questions and discussions

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Informal ongoing feedback, no tests or exam, written feedback mid-term and at the end of the course via Individual Learning Plans

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
  • Students new to the subject will find it useful to read an introductory book on Ancient Egypt. A full reading list will be provided on week one.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • The Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society www.tvaes.org.uk provides lectures, courses, trips and study days based in Reading.

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Ancient Egypt: Theban Temples Explored

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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