Classics (Classical Civilisation) MA/MA(SocSci)

Heroes and heretics: a cultural archaeology of kingship in 18th dynasty Egypt CLASSIC4090

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The 18th dynasty was a key period in Egyptian history, considered simultaneously as a high point of cultural achievement and a time of the greatest heresies. Our focus is on exploring the reigns and material achievements of six pharaohs, whose actions in many ways characterise the period. We will look at the monuments and artefacts produced in their reigns, from the massive to the miniature, as well as the textual sources that shed light on them.


10 * 1 hour lectures + 10 * 1 hour seminars as scheduled in MyCampus. This is one of the honours options in Greek and may not run every year. The options that are running this year are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Contribution to online exercises (including online class debates): 30%

Portfolio consisting of 2 object/text analyses, and 2 character sketches of kings (total 3500 words): 70%

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Historically contextualise the highs and lows of the 18th dynasty

■ Explore the material achievements of six key kings of this period, focusing particularly on the legitimation of their kingship through material culture and texts

■ Compare diachronically the successes of the various strategies employed by kings, measured against the legacy of their reigns within the period.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Outline the highs and lows of the 18th dynasty, assigning significant developments to the reigns in which they happened

■ Analyse the material outputs of six key kings during the time, with a particular focus on the ways in which these were used by kings for legitimation

■ Assess the significance of monuments and artefacts within the cultural context of their production as primary sources, alongside key texts of the time

■ Construct clear arguments and reasoned analysis both orally and in writing, engaging with both primary and secondary sources

■ Contribute to discussions both online and in front of an audience of peers.

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.