The later history of ancient Egypt 2B ADED2055E

  • 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 from the establishment of the Ptolemies c. 300 BCE until the end of pharaonic rule and the establishment of Christianity in Egypt c. 350 CE. Students will study politics and religion 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.


Block 2

2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Thursdays, 19.00-21.00

Requirements of Entry

Recommended: Introduction to Ancient Egypt 1A and 1B, plus Later History of Ancient Egypt 2A

Excluded Courses





Students will compile a portfolio comprising of four pieces of written work. Three will be written exercises (c. 1000 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 exercises.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to historical and social developments in Egypt from the establishment of the Ptolemaic dynasty until the end of pharaonic rule in Egypt (c.300 BCE to c.350 CE).

■ 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 principal developments in Egyptian culture during 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 300 BCE and 350 CE.

■ 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 and use it to construct their own arguments.

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.