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Gods, generals and kings: Egypt in the Third Intermediate Period (online) ADED3022E

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course is delivered asynchronously ie the course materials are provided on Moodle (our online learning platform0 to allow self-paced learning, with no live online sessions.


The Third Intermediate Period in ancient Egypt (c.1075-715 BCE) is typically brushed over as a time of confused chronologies, significant transition and decline, especially after the prosperity and military successes of the New Kingdom. But the crises Egypt faced sparked fascinating religious, social and cultural changes, and drastically re-shaped Egypt's relationship both with the neighbouring Libyans and Nubians, as well as with powers in the Near East. By considering a range of surviving archaeological and textual evidence, we will explore this turbulent and misunderstood era and consider in detail the ways in which Egypt was forced to change during it.


Block 4

2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Delivered online - materials uploaded on Mondays.

Requirements of Entry

Recommended: an Egyptian history course at level one (SCQF level 7) (e.g. Introduction to Ancient Egypt), and an Egyptian material culture course (e.g. Life and Culture in Ancient Egypt) at level two (SCQF level 8).

Excluded Courses





Contribution to online class discussion forum each week (= at least two posts that initiate a discussion by asking a question, and contributions to others' posts): 10%

Commentary on a primary source, c. 1000 words, due in Week 5: 30%

Essay, c. 2500 words, due in Week 11: 60%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ investigate the shape and character of the Third Intermediate Period in Egypt, measuring that against perceptions presented in secondary sources,

■ explore the religious, social and cultural changes that impacted on society during that time, particularly under foreign rulers,

■ contextualise the changes Egypt underwent against the historical and cultural backdrop of the time, with particular attention paid to the primary sources available.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ critically analyse both primary and secondary sources of information for the Third Intermediate Period, comparing and contrasting them with key evidence from the preceding period,

■ identify the key changes and influences that characterised the period, and explain their significance in context,

■ identify and discuss areas of scholarly debate concerning developments in the period, including reasons for economic decline, responses to foreign rule, changes in religious practices, etc.

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.