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060035 VO Introduction to Ancient Egypt: An Overview (2020W)



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Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Due to the lockdown because of the Corona pandemic, which has been in effect since today, teaching will be exclusively digital until Christmas. Please log in to the LVA at the given VO time using the links to the VO units (Big blue button, or collaborate) set up in moodle.

Due to the regulations issued yesterday by the Federal Government regarding the renewed lockdown, classes will be held exclusively DIGITAL from now on.
Therefore, please log in to the course at the specified time using the provided links to the units (Big blue button, or collaborate) set up in moodle.

Thursday 01.10. 13:15 - 15:45 Hörsaal 6 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 EG
Thursday 08.10. 13:15 - 15:45 Hörsaal 6 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 EG
Thursday 15.10. 13:15 - 15:45 Hörsaal 6 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 EG
Thursday 22.10. 13:15 - 15:45 Hörsaal 6 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 EG
Thursday 29.10. 13:15 - 15:45 Hörsaal 6 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 EG
Thursday 05.11. 13:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 12.11. 13:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 19.11. 13:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 26.11. 13:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 03.12. 13:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 10.12. 13:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 17.12. 13:15 - 15:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The aim of this course is to gain an overview about the chronology and the most important facts of ancient Egyptian history. The explanation of the events relies on important archaeological source materials (architecture, material culture, texts).
Participants should have acquired a robust knowledge of the most important developments in ancient Egyptian history and culture. They should be able to provide historical and chronological contexts for cultural key phenomena.
CONTENTS: The course provides an overview of the most important historical and cultural developments in Egypt from prehistoric times until the end of the Pharaonic aera, including an outlook to later periods. In addition, it deals with the geographic conditions that helped shaping the ancient Egyptian civilisation. Target is to resume the chronological backbone of the respective period and important groups of archaeological sources.
METHOD: lectures. The detailed program will be presented at the beginning of the term (accessible via moodle). Additional ressources will be available via moodle.
The course is planned as teaching in classroom. In case of difficulties for the room capacity, caused by a high number of participants,we plan to give the course as a Hybrid class (split in groups in weekly rotation of presence or synchron-digital class via webinar-tools). In case of a new lockdown the course is given in entirely digital classes (webinar-tool).

Assessment and permitted materials

Important Notice: for EC students: The plan is to hold a written exam. Given the current circumstances and future Covid-development, the modalities might change to a digital written or to a digital oral exam.
STEOP for students of Egyptology: the course i spart oft eh written modul-exam of STEOP Modul C, consisting of two courses (STEOP 1: Introduction into Ancient Egypt: Overview and STEOP 2: Introduction into Ancient Egypt: Themes in focus).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

For a positive evaluation are 50% of the maximum points necessary:
88 - 100 % 1
75 - 87,99 % 2
62,51 - 74,99 % 3
50 - 62,50 % 4
0 - 49,99 % 5

Examination topics

contents of the lectures

Reading list

Basic :
Ian Shaw (Ed.) The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, 2000 (Paperback/e-book ab 9 Euro)
Regine Schulz (Ed.), Ägypten. Die Welt der Pharaonen, Könemann 2007 (Paperback, ab 3 Euro)
Beckerath, J., von, 1997, Chronologie des pharaonischen Ägypten. Die Zeitbestimmung der ägyptischen Geschichte von der Vorzeit bis 332 v. Chr., (Mainz, 1997).
Alan Lloyd (Ed.) A Companion to Ancient Egypt, Volume 1, Wiley Blackwell, 2010.

Association in the course directory

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