Ancient Egypt: Culture and Society
Monday 6th February 2017 - Friday 9th June 2017
(with a 2 week break for Easter)
Delivery: Distance Learning (Online)
This course compares the archaeological and literary evidence from different periods of ancient Egypt and will develop your familiarity with Ancient Egyptian society, artefacts and material culture.
Other subjects will be discussed using ancient written sources and depictions, and we will look at methods of interpreting the data.
Deadline for Registrations: Wednesday 1st February 2017
Introduction and Preliminary Tasks
The Social Structure of Ancient Egypt
The Role of Pharaoh
The Role of Women in Egyptian Society
Towns and ‘Urbanism’ in Ancient Egypt
Houses and Palaces
Personal / Body Adornment
Feeding the Body
Healing the Body
Preserving the Body
Music and Dance
Learning / Teaching Methods
This course is delivered via the internet using an online system called ELE: the Exeter Learning Environment. Students will be given a username and password to log in to the course. A 'unit' of course material will be released every week for students to work through and class discussions on this material will take place in the online forum.
Class discussions are asynchronous - i.e. students do not need to be online at a 'set' time - they can leave and collect messages from the online discussion environment at a time suitable for them.
Throughout the course students will be given questions to respond to in the online discussion area; these are optional and there are no assignments in terms of essays or other marked work.
As this course is non-credit-bearing there are no exams or assessments.
This course will help students to develop:
- A familiarity with a wide range of types of Egyptian artefact;
- An awareness of the archaeological contexts of specific types of artefact;
- An understanding of appropriate specialist vocabulary.
There are no required texts for this course.
Suggested background reading
Andrews, C. (1994) Amulets of Ancient Egypt, British Museum Press
Lichtheim, M. (1973-80) Ancient Egyptian Literature Vols. I-III. University of California Press.
Meskell, L. (2002) Private Life in New Kingdom Egypt, Princeton University Press
Meskell, L. (1999) Archaeologies of Social Life. Age, Sex, Class et cetera in Ancient Egypt. Oxford: Blackwell.
Nunn, J.F. (1996) Ancient Egyptian Medicine, British Museum Press.
Robins, G. (1993) Women in Ancient Egypt. British Museum Press.
Our online courses use a system called ELE: The Exeter Learning Environment. ELE works on both PCs and Macs. Students will be given their own username and password to access it.
All students are reminded that to safeguard your own work and out of courtesy to others, it is sensible to ensure that the computer you will be using has anti-virus software installed and that this is regularly updated. Likewise, mac users who use Microsoft Word should ensure that they have enabled macro virus protection (this setting is found as a tick box in Word under 'preferences').
Preparatory study is not expected.
Students who register before the deadline may be given access to the discussion environment prior to the course start. In this case, students are welcome to log in and introduce themselves to each other and to the tutor - perhaps giving a little detail about their reasons for choosing this subject - before the official start date.