Archaeology – Doctoral Degree 2014
Dynastic Egypt: Continuity and Metamorphosis
Status: optional
Recommended Year of Study: 1
Recommended Semester: 1
ECTS Credits Allocated: 10.00
Pre-requisites: Good command of the English language, as well as working knowledge of German or French

Course objectives: To support students in the research of social processes in a general sense based on the complex and varied data founded on a theoretical and methodological approach; Inter/multi-disciplinary approach to research is encouraged.

Course description: Easily noticed in style in visual art and the use of hieroglyphic writing, continuity can be studied in the religious, social and economic system of Dynastic Egypt. Ancient Egyptians themselves gave great importance to stability, immutability, and the passage of time they viewed as cyclical (daily cycle, yearly rhythm of nature, reign of a particular ruler) and at the same time as eternity, yet the concept of change was perceived as something negative. Contact with the rest of the world, economic crisis or growth, social mobility, relation between the capital and the provinces, changes in technology are some of the factors, which have interdependently brought on the changes. Viewed over a long time period some aspects of Egyptian culture have endured visible changes especially during the Greek and Roman rule when some of its manifestations have gone through a metamorphosis. The starting point of social change research will be the funerary monuments and written sources, besides archaeological material, other scientific sources will be used for its analysis.

Learning Outcomes: Class attendance, essay and written examination

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