COURSE info

  • LANGUAGE: The course is held in English language

  • SUBTITLES: All videos include English subtitles (closed captions)

  • LEVEL: The course is designed at an introductory level

  • PREREQUISITES: The course does not require any precedent knowledge

  • SCHEDULE: You are completely independent. Enroll when you want and follow the course according to your agenda

  • STRUCTURE: The course is stuctured in 10 Lessons, subdivided in a variable number of Sections plus other studying material (articles, bibliography, timeline, images etc.). Each Section includes one video. In order to proceed within the course you must complete all Sections of each Lesson including a small assessment quiz

  • LENGTH: To complete the entire course are required approx. 15 hours (videos + readings)

Watch Intro Video

Watch a short introduction to the course

The course includes:

  • Approx. 10 hours of HD video lessons (up to 1080p)

  • Downloadable readings & other study material

  • Unlimited access to the course for 1 year (365 days)

  • Full access from any device

  • Step-by-step quizzes to assess your comprehension and progress

  • Community forum to discuss topics & issues with the other students

  • CAMNES Certificate of Attendency upon successful completion

Course curriculum

  • 1

    PRESENTATION

    • Understanding Ancien Egypt: Presentation of the Course

  • 2

    Timeline + General Map

    • Ancient Egypt Timeline

    • Ancient Egypt General Map

    • Course readings bibliography

    • Acknowledgements

  • 3

    LESSON 1 - Introduction

    • L1S1 - Egyptomania

    • L1S2 - Chronology I

    • L1S3 - Chronology II

    • L1S4 - The King Lists and Other Documents

    • L1S5 - Cosmogonies and First Glimpse of Religion

    • Ancient Egyptian Chronology

    • Lesson 1 Assessment Quiz

  • 4

    LESSON 2 - Predynastic and Early Dynastic Period

    • L2S1 - Paleolithic and Neolithic

    • L2S2 - Ma’adi-Buto Culture

    • L2S3 - Naqada Culture

    • L2S4 - The Narmer Palette and Other Iconographic Documents

    • L2S5 - The First Dynasties - The Thinite Period

    • Maps of the main sites

    • Predynastic Burials (A. Stevenson)

    • Astronomy at Nabta Playa, Southern Egypt (J. McKim Malville)

    • Narmer, Scopion and the Representation of the Early Egyptian Court (J. Kelder)

    • Lesson 2 Assessment Quiz

  • 5

    LESSON 3 - Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period

    • L3S1 - From Early Dynastic Period to Old Kingdom

    • L3S2 - Djoser and his Step Pyramid

    • L3S3 - The First Pyramids

    • L3S4 - Religion and Sun Temples

    • L3S5 - The Sixth Dynasty and the Old Kingdom Crisis

    • L3S6 - First Intermediate Period

    • A Dialogue Between Self and Soul: Papyrus Berlin 3024 (J. Assman)

    • Historical Review Dwarfs in Ancient Egypt (C. Kozma)

    • Lesson 3 Assessment Quiz

  • 6

    LESSON 4 - Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period

    • L4S1 - Reunification

    • L4S2 - Art and "Classicism"

    • L4S3 - Literature

    • L4S4 - Hyksos

    • L4S5 - Second Intermediate Period

    • Middle Kingdom, Egypt (W. Grajetzki)

    • Folded Piece of Linen with Hieratic Inscription ca. 1961-1917 BC (MET, material culture)

    • The ‘Rulers of Foreign Lands’. The Hyksos and their contributions to Egyptian warfare (A. Sacco)

    • New Light on the Egyptian Labyrinth: Evidence from a Survey at Hawara (I. Uytterhoeven and I. Blom-Böer)

    • Lesson 4 - Assessment Quiz

  • 7

    LESSON 5 - New Kingdom

    • L5S1 - Ahmose and his Unification

    • L5S2 - The Thutmoses

    • L5S3 - The Female-Pharaoh Hatshepsut

    • L5S4 - The Village of Deir el-Medina

    • L5S5 - An Overview of Akhenaten and the Amarna Period

    • L5S6 - Ramses II

    • L5S7 - The Battle of Kadesh

    • L5S8 - The "Harem Conspiracy"

    • Queen Nefertari, the Royal Spouse of Pharaoh Ramses II: A Multidisciplinary Investigation of the Mummified Remains Found in Her Tomb (QV66) (M. Habicht et al.)

    • Revisiting the harem conspiracy and death of Ramesses III: anthropological, forensic, radiological, and genetic study (Z. Hawass et al.)

    • Ramsess the Great (C. Marino)

    • New Kingdom of Egypt (J.J. Mark)

    • Red Chapel (Digital Karnak)

    • Deir el-Medina (Development) (J. Toivari-Viitala)

    • Lesson 5 - Assessment Quiz

  • 8

    LESSON 6 - Amarna Period

    • L6S1 - Amenhotep IV - Akhenaten

    • L6S2 - Religious Revolution

    • L6S3 - Akhetaten

    • L6S4 - Private Religion

    • L6S5 - Amarna Art

    • L6S6 - Amarna Women

    • L6S7 - Akhenaten's Succession

    • L6S8 - Tutankhamun

    • Is this Nefertiti or a 100-year-old fake? (K. Connoly)

    • Private Funerary Religion at Amarna

    • The Gold Mask of Ankhkheperure Neferneferuate (N. Reeves)

    • Akhenaten and the Amarna Period (K. Spence)

    • Understanding Amarna: An interview with Barry Kemp

    • Lesson 6 - Assessment Quiz

  • 9

    LESSON 7 - Third Intermediate Period and Late Period

    • L7S1 - The XXI Dynasty: Tanis and Thebes

    • L7S2 - The Libyan Dynasty

    • L7S3 - Artistic Tradition

    • L7S4 - Religion and Burial Practices

    • L7S5 - Nubian Kings

    • L7S6 Saite and Achaemenid Dynasties

    • The Sed-Festival Reliefs of Osorkon II at Bubastis: New Investigations (E. Lange)

    • The Uses of the Past (M. Lichteim)

    • Lesson 7 - Assessment Quiz

  • 10

    LESSON 8 - Ptolemaic Period and Roman Age

    • L8S1 - Alexander and Alexandria

    • L8S2 - Egyptian Culture and Greek Culture

    • L8S3 - Cleopatra

    • L8S4 - Actium and Roman Victory

    • Alexandria: Library of Dreams (R.S. Bagnall)

    • Mummies and Mummification (B. Gessler-Löhr)

    • Lesson 8 - Assessment Quiz

  • 11

    LESSON 9 - Mummification and Burial Practices

    • L9S1 - Why Embalming the Deceased?

    • L9S2 - The First Mummies

    • L9S3 - Evolution of Mummification and Funerary Equipment I

    • L9S4 - Evolution of Mummification and Funerary Equipment II

    • L9S5 - Animal Mummies

    • A prehistoric Egyptian mummy: Evidence for an ‘embalming recipe’ and the T evolution of early formative funerary treatments (J. Jones et al.)

    • Creatures of the Gods. Animal Mummies (S. Ikram)

    • Lesson 9 - Assessment Quiz

  • 12

    LESSON 10 - Egyptian Writing

    • L10S1 - Rosetta Stone and Decipherment

    • L10S2 - Introduction to Hieroglyphs

    • L10S3 - Hieroglyphic, Hieratic and Demotic

    • L10S4 - Papyri and Ostraca

    • Egyptian Language and Writing (J.P. Allen)

    • A Very Brief Introduction to Hieratic (J.A. Roberson)

    • Lesson 10 - Assessment Quiz

  • 13

    FINAL EXAM

    • Final exam questions

Main learning outcomes

  • Hystory & Culture

    Learn about the most important events and people that forged past and present Egypt as we know it

  • Archaeology

    Discover the main sites, structures and material culture of one of the most ancient and influential civilizations of the world

  • Anthropology

    Understand the basic social mechanisms & dynamics of ancient Egypt and use them in similar contexts

Meet your instructor

Lecturer

Valentina Santini

She is currently conducting her PhD in Egyptology at the University of Birmingham, with a research focused on private funerary beliefs at Deir el-Medina and Tell el-Amarna. In 2013 she obtained her BA in History and Tutelage of Archeological Heritage from the University of Florence, and, in 2016, her MA in Oriental Studies: Egypt, Near and Middle East from the University of Pisa. She is an ICOM/CIPEG member, and worked at the Museo Egizio, in Turin, where, inter alia, she was a member of the Editorial Team of the Rivista del Museo Egizio, managed the development of the new museum website and dealt with the dissemination of scientific and academic data to the wider public (2016-2018). She was an intern at the Egyptian Museum of Florence, being deeply involved in the digitalization of the paper archive of the collection, the reorganization of the same and the rearrangement of the galleries of the museum (2012, 2015). She is a member of the Editorial Board of SANEM - the series of the scientific publications of CAMNES - and one of the Specialist Editors of the Rosetta Journal. She is currently involved in the Shabti Translation Project of the University of Birmingham. She has written various scientific papers, and published books for the broad public. She has taught Archaeology and Egyptology, both in Italian and English. Her scientific interests mainly concern the Amarna Age and private religion during the New Kingdom, with a particular focus on funerary beliefs and burial goods.

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