The later history of ancient Egypt 2A ADED2054E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This Level 2 course builds upon critical skills and historical knowledge acquired at Level 1, and covers the background necessary for students to read and write effectively about the history, religion and social life of the Ancient Egyptians after the New Kingdom until the establishment of the Ptolemies, c.1000-300 BC. Students will study politics and religion under the rule of the pharaohs in Egypt at this time, and also learn about the wider history of the ancient world as revealed through Egypt's interaction with other nations, often characterised by wars and invasions.


Block 1

2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Thursdays, 19.00-21.00

Requirements of Entry

Recommended: Introduction to Ancient Egypt 1A and 1B

Excluded Courses





Students will compile a portfolio comprising of four pieces of written work. Three will be essays (c. 1200 words each), in response to key topics covered within class associated with three different time periods (in consultation with the tutor); the final piece will be a short reflective introduction (c.500 words) introducing the three essays.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to historical and social developments after the New Kingdom to the establishment of the Ptolemaic dynasty (c. c.1000-300 BCE)

■ Introduce students to the rulers who shaped the course of this era of history, particularly international relations, and key members of their administration

■ Encourage students to engage with primary sources, both textual and archaeological, which are used to understand the evolution of Egyptian culture for this period.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Identify and critically analyse key historical developments within Ancient Egypt between 1000-300 BCE

■ Compare and contrast the surviving evidence for the cultural and social life of Ancient Egyptians during key phases during this time

■ Critically analyse primary and secondary sources for the study of Ancient Egypt in this period.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.