Day School: Amarna and the Boy King

Ref: C3744252

Ancient Egypt is known for cultural continuity and traditions that endured for three millennia. One such tradition of a polytheistic approach to religion was challenged in the eighteenth dynasty of the New Kingdom. The pharaoh Amenhotep IV changed his name to Akhenaten and established a new form of divine kingship based on the sun-disc the Aten to the exclusion of other gods. This monotheistic revolution was accompanied by a radical change in the style and iconography of Egyptian art and the rapid construction of a new capital at el-Amarna. This course explores the rise and fall of the Amarna period which on the death of Akhenaten was followed by a counter-revolution under the reign of his son Tutankhamun. We evaluate Tutankhamun's reign as well as his death, and now famous burial in KV62 within the Valley of the Kings.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Education Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

This day school will cover one of the most fascinating periods of ancient Egyptian history, the religious revolution of the Heretic Pharaoh Akhenaten and the return to orthodoxy and premature death and burial of his son Tutankhamun.

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 if the Amarna period was truly monotheistic
  • Outline changes in Amarna art from traditional New Kingdom art
  • Debate why Akhenaten may have initiated such unprecedented changes
  • Identify at least three artefacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun

How will I be taught?

  • Well-illustrated presentations with ongoing group interaction

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Informal, no tests or exams

What else do I need to know?

  • 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
  • If time allows newcomers to the subject may benefit from reading a general introduction to ancient Egypt and especially chapters on the New Kingdom.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Lectures at the Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society

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Day School: Amarna and the Boy King

Enrolment Conditions

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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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