Ancient Egypt: a history in six objects

This course provides a general introduction to the history of ancient Egypt

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Dec 2017
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What you will learn

At the end of this course students will be able to identify the main periods of ancient Egyptian history, and refer to evidence key to our understanding of this time.

Description

This course provides an introduction to ancient Egyptian history, using six items from the collections of the Manchester Museum. These items have been carefully chosen to reflect the development of the Dynastic Age through their origin, manufacture, decoration, and use. Week by week we will examine a different artefact and place it in its social and historical context. This will allow us to journey from Predynastic Egypt and its first king, Narmer, to Greco-Roman Egypt and its final queen, Cleopatra VII.

Since this is an introduction to ancient Egypt, no prior knowledge of the history, geography, religion or society of ancient Egypt is needed - all that we ask is that learners are open minded, tolerant and polite at all times.

The course largely consists of video guides and discussions, accompanied by recommended reading either provided in PDF format or by way of links to curated external sites.

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Introduction
What to expect from the course
Introduction video
Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt
Introduction (text)
Historical Overview (text)
Egypt and its River (video lecture)
Section 1 Object: Decorated Predynastic Pot (video discussion)
Stone Working in Ancient Egypt (video discussion)
Writing Egyptian Hieroglyphs (video lecture)
History of Egyptology at the University of Manchester (video lecture)
Additional Reading (text)
Early Egypt: the Land and its Resources
Summary (text)
Old Kingdom Egypt
Introduction (text)
Historical Overview (text)
Section 2 Object: Old Kingdom 'False Door' (video discussion)
First Intermediate Period Stela (video discussion)
Old Kingdom Pyramids (video lecture)
The Purpose of the Old Kingdom Tomb (video lecture)
Ankhtifi (video lecture)
Additional Reading (text)
Old Kingdom Funerary Architecture
Summary (text)
Middle Kingdom Egypt
Introduction (text)
Historical Overview (text)
Section 3 Object: 'Spinning Statue' (video discussion)
Objects from Kahun (video discusssion)
The Pyramid of Senwosret II and the town of Kahun (video lecture)
The Two Brothers (note: contains brief images of human remains) (video lecture)
Ramesseum Tomb Group (video lecture)
Additional Reading (text)
Life and Death in Middle Kingdom Egypt
Summary (text)
New Kingdom Egypt
Introduction (text)
Historical Overview (text)
Section 4 Object: Ramesside Column (video discussion)
The Nefertiti Bust (video discussion)
Ahmose Son of Ibana (video lecture)
Amenhotep II Chariot Piece (video discussion)
The Reign of Hatshepsut (video lecture)
Additional Reading (text)
The 18th Dynasty Royal Family
Summary (text)
Third Intermediate Period and Late Period Egypt
Introduction (text)
Historical Overview (text)
Section 5 Object: Cartonnage Coffin (video discussion)
The Coffin of Perenbast (video discussion)
The Myth of Isis and Osiris (video lecture)
Temple Statues (video lecture)
Burial Practices in the Third Intermediate and Late Periods (video lecture)
Additional Reading (text)
Towns, Cities and Cemeteries of the Dynastic Age
Summary (text)
Greco-Roman Egypt
Introduction (text)
Historical Overview (text)
Section 6 Object: Figurine of the God Bes (video discussion)
Two Greco-Roman Mummy Portraits (video discussion)
Animal Mummies (video discussion)
Snakes and the Death of Cleopatra (video discussion)
Mummy Masks (video lecture)
Additional Reading (text)
Graves, Tombs and Mummies
Summary (text)
Reviews
Dan
2 August 2021
I must start by saying it's free which is always a great thing, though most free courses wouldn't be that great this course has great quality videos and the explanations are great. 5/5
Daniel
30 December 2020
Very nice free course showing the history of Egypt using objects of the Manchester Museum. Maybe some slides with keywords or short summaries would have been good due to the specific vocabulary. Thanks to the team of Manchester University.
Craig
30 January 2019
A very good course with great, and varied, content. Some excellent resources for further reading provided throughout and short quizzes to solidify the learning. It was nice to see the lectures presented by the different instructors and also to be able to see how different opinions can shape the understanding of the Egyptian pieces being discussed.
Christopher
27 January 2019
I find it already re-igniting my interest in ancient Egypt. I had read a number of books on Rameses II around 20 years ago and also on Ancient Egypt, plus visited Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. After this first object has given me the hunger to explore more.
Lesley
24 January 2019
So far its easy to follow and understand. I particularly like that video with the pot. It would be nice to be able to download and print off something to say that you have finished the course.
Robert
9 January 2019
It has been many years since my last classroom experience, so this has been a bit of a challenge. But it has been a great pleasure so far. My only issue to this point is how to pronounce some of the names and location in the texts
Alahna
6 January 2019
Ive always been interested in ancient egypt......I should of studied it a long time ago instead of my Bach of Science.....
Bruno
3 January 2019
I have dived into subject very ambitiquos, as the matter is and presented in a same manner. Furthermore, presentation has been represented, as if listener has been insorted into field of gold, in a point of well-schooled course.
Teuta
23 December 2018
Given it is an online course, it is very good. I've expected to have this kind of experience since there is no interactive way communication in an online pre-recorded video class. Thank you!
Mark
11 December 2018
Really enjoyed this. Videos were well produced and the presenters both likeable and credible. I've done about 10 online courses and this sits at the top. Highly recommended.
Mari
15 November 2018
Have been reading about these things and times already so much, that its like it turns happily in to big circus in own head! So this info here gave me tools to put things in some kind of order!
Priscilla
2 July 2018
Yes, as I am interested in advancing my knowledge and trying to decide whether or not to take the University's 2 year course. Priscilla St.Germain Lafayette, Louisiana U.S.A.
Tracey
3 June 2018
this tells me more about what ancient times were like. i love it how architects bring up more pieces of evidence about our past.
Elvia
20 April 2018
I love that it is not only videos, but it also incorporates readings and graphics to see and interact after watching videos. This course seems to be very well put together. I appreciate that the people who made the course are experts in their field.
Melanie
19 April 2018
Easy to understand, not over complicating issues that may cause confusion and support materials are good quality.
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