Dissertation in Ancient History and or Classical Literature
Dissertation in Ancient History or an approved Classical subject.
Egyptology Research Portfolio
This module is designed to help students to identify a master's dissertation topic appropriate to their interests and expertise and that of the staff. It also enables them to tackle the problems of methodology, acquire the research techniques and undertake the project planning which are the necessary preliminaries to researching and writing a 20,000 word dissertation.
Dissertation module for the MA in Ancient Egyptian Culture.
Private Life in Ancient Egypt
This seminar-based module focusses on the daily life and experiences of non-royal Ancient Egyptians: from scribes to servants, from aged overseers to children. This will not be a diachronic study, but rather a concentrated case-study of a single site and time period such as Late Middle Kingdom Lahun or New Kingdom Deir el-Medina (as deemed appropriate by the lecturer) within the context of current archaeological and gender theory. Engagement with the primary evidence (objects, representations, architectural remains, and texts in translation) is a key element of the module and students will visit the Egypt Centre and have the opportunity to visit another collection. This surviving evidence provides students the opportunity to discuss the interpretive issues that arise and to present plausible reconstructions.
Enhanced research skills and methodology in Egyptology
Egyptology is by nature a multi-disciplinary subject incorporating the fields of philology, art history, and scientific archaeology. However, while the opportunity to combine different types of approaches and datasets to examine the past is exciting, mastering the research and analysis of widely varying types of primary sources is a challenge. This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop state of the art research skills in each of the major sub-disciplines of Egyptology and introduce them to key research methodologies for each area. Through a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and in-class practical tasks, students should become competent in techniques that will allow them to conduct independent research of a high calibre.
Introduction to Ancient Egyptian History, Society and Culture
From the late fourth millennium BCE Egypt was one of the greatest political and military powers in the Near East, forming the one of the earliest examples of a nation state in that region. Not only did it create an enormously successful and long-lived governmental system that lasted in some form down to the establishment of Christianity in the country, but it played a key role in the destinies of neighbouring communities, in particular those of the Upper Nile Valley to the south and Syria-Palestine to the north-east. In addition, Egypt became a complex urban civilisation whose literature, art, and religion continue to be admired today. The relative abundance of surviving data permits a vivid insight into the conceptual and material world of the ancient inhabitants of the Nile Valley. This module thus focus on the political, social, and military history of Egypt from the Predynastic Period until the end of Dynasty 18 (circa 4400-1290 BCE) and introduces students to key aspects of Egyptian culture.
Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology
The module forms an introduction to material culture studies based on examples from Egyptology, particularly objects from the University's Egypt Centre. It will explore the diversity of methodologies and debates concerning Egyptian archaeology. In doing so, it will introduce students to aspects of anthropological and archaeological theory, as well as the relationship between theory, field work, and the resulting interpretations.
Ancient Egyptian Stories, Spells, Poems and Propaganda
The Ancient Egyptians prided themselves on their eloquence, and this culture produced some of the earliest examples of major genres including narratives, spells, stories, poems, and propaganda. This module introduces the student to a range of texts in translation as well as the problems and methods of interpretation within the context of Ancient Egyptian culture.
Private Life in Ancient Egypt
This module will focus on non-royal daily life in Ancient Egypt based on material remains and texts (in translation). This will not be a diachronic study, but rather a concentrated case-study of a single site and time period. This semester we will focus on the lives and religion of the people of Late Middle Kingdom Lahun within the context of current archaeological and gender theory. The classes will be conducted as seminars, rather than lectures, allowing students to engage with the primary evidence (including objects from the Egypt Centre) as closely as possible, to discuss the interpretive issues that arise and to present plausible reconstructions.
The archaeology of ancient Nubia - Egypt's neighbour in Africa
In ancient Egyptian ideology the inhabitants of the gold-rich lands to the south of the First Nile Cataract were barbarians predestined to be dominated by Pharaoh and a people from whom nothing could be learned. Unsurprisingly, the reality was quite different. Not only was Nubia the place of origin for complex state societies that at times rivalled those in Egypt, but Nubia and its diverse populations were to have profound long-term effects on Egyptian culture and society. The proposed module would examine these issues through a review of key episodes of Egyptian-Nubian engagement. The unit would also analyse how ways of thinking about these episodes have evolved from early 20th century racist approaches that considered north-eastern Africa a battleground between light-skinned and dark-skinned races, to post-processualism and the identity-driven research of today.
Critical source analysis in Egyptology
This module will introduce students to the critical analysis of the main types of primary evidence for Egyptological enquiry, both textual and archaeological, including historical data, literature, formal and vernacular art and architecture, archaeological excavations, etc. in order to facilitate student acquisition of skills necessary to undertake research. It is largely independent study.
Independent research project/dissertation in Egyptology
In this module, students will conduct a guided, independent research project in Egyptology under supervision. This will entail students collecting and analyzing data, as well as writing up their projects in a 6000-8000 word document (not including a required bibliography). Students will select a specific topic from a range of topics based on the availability of supervisors and library material. Students may also propose their own topics in consultation with, and approval of, a member of Egyptology staff. Every student will be assigned a supervisor who will organise group sessions with his/her supervisees, and who will also be available for one-to-one supervision sessions.
The module will be taught by means of three practical seminars on research and writing skills, and through three formal supervision sessions with a project supervisor.
The specific form the project to be submitted will be discussed with, and approved by, the project supervisor, but all will involve a substantial piece of written. Typical examples include (but are not limited to):
- An argumentative essay developing a central thesis.
- A museum project involving one or more items from an Egyptological collection(s).
- A translation, philological analysis, and commentary of a substantial ancient Egyptian text appropriate to the student¿s previous attainment in the Egyptian language, which has not been studied by the student previously.
- An in-depth analysis/exposé of a pharaonic Egyptian archaeological site (usually, but not necessarily, located in Egypt).
- An art historical overview of the development of specific iconography.
Study Group: Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology (Year 2)
2 hour weekly Study Group for Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology students (Year 2)