Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

Ref: C3745538

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, childhood, work and occupations, play and education, illness and medicine, housing and briefly 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, childhood, work, play, education, housing and personal piety.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify an Ancient Egyptian game board
  • Discuss the so-called Satire of the Trades
  • Describe an artefact related to birth in ancient Egypt
  • Outline an example of 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, handouts will be distributed via Canvas.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Informal with anonymous quizzes on zoom but no formal tests or exams

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

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
  • Online lectures with the Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society and others

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Daily Life in Ancient Egypt


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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