Ancient Egypt: From Taharqa to Cleopatra Part 1

Ref: C2420887

Discover one of the hidden histories of Egypt after the pharaohs of the New Kingdom. This course will explore the fascinating Late Period of ancient Egypt, a time which juxtaposes strength, renaissance, trade, cultural fusion and autonomy with occupation, conflict and division. The rule of Nubian Pharaoh Taharqa is followed by brief Assyrian involvement leading to Twenty-Sixth dynasty Egypt which, with high quality art and monumental tombs, should be considered one of the gems of Pharaonic history. This apogee of the Late Period is replaced by the first of two Persian occupations, the second of which is brought to an end by the shattering conquest of Alexander the Great in 332 BC.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce the Late Period of ancient Egypt, a fascinating and varied period which all too-often has been hidden in the shadow of Old Kingdom pyramids and New Kingdom splendour.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • 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 transition from the twenty-fifth to twenty-sixth dynasties of ancient Egypt.
  • Briefly describe a monumental tomb from the Late Period.
  • Compare and Contrast the Saite Period with the First Persian Period.
  • Debate the suggestion that Psamtek I is one of the greatest pharaohs of ancient Egypt.

How will I be taught?

  • The sessions will include well-illustrated presentations supported with specific texts and with lots of opportunity for questions and discussions

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Ongoing informal feedback and recorded mid-term and end-term feedback 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 would benefit from reading an overall Introduction to Ancient Egypt. All students would gain from reading chapters or books on the specific period covered, 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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • The Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society provides lectures, study days, trips and courses in ancient Egypt based in Reading.

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Ancient Egypt: From Taharqa to Cleopatra Part 1


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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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
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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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