Early Civilisations of Egypt and Western Asia I

Classics and Ancient History, Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity

College of Arts and Law


Code 08761

Level of study First Year

Credit value 10

Semester 1

Module description

This linked module provides an introduction to the culture and material remains of ancient Egypt from 3100-332BC. An account of the rediscovery of ancient Egypt is followed by a survey of its physical environment and of the different kinds of evidence to have survived. The Egyptian understanding of the world and the conventions which governed their society (especially in art) are described, as is the foundation of our knowledge of chronology. The textual, pictorial and archaeological sources are then used within a clear chronological framework, and with a particular emphasis on visual appreciation of the material remains, to encapsulate the major distinguishing features of each period.