Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
10721402T11311EGYPTIAN ARCHAEOLOGYElective354
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The aim of this course is to present the appearance of the ancient Egyptian Civilization, Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom and New Kingdom Periods, the art and architecture in these periods and to introduce this civilization in varied aspects.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Gonca Şenol
Learning Outcomes
1 To get knowledge about the appeareance of the ancient Egyptian civilization, eariest egyptians, origins and Egyptian inscriptions.
2 To understand Pre-Dynastic Period, Upper and Lower Egypt and the importance of the river Nile for Egyptians
33. To differentiate the art and the architecture in the Old Kingdom, (c.3100-2150 BC), the Middle Kingdom (c.2050-1650 BC), the New Kingdom (c.1570-935 BC), and Post Dynastic Periods (c.935-343 BC) and in the Ptolemaic Period (c. 330-30 BC) and to learn about Egyptian plastic arts, handicrafts, religious, civil, military architecture
4To learn the social structure, Egyptian religion, religious worship and mummification in ancient Egypt
5 To inform about science and technology in the ancient Egypt.
6 Having ability on making research in library and on internet.
7 Having ability of writing a presentation by applying his/her knowledge on a subject previously learned and studied.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Recommended Optional Programme Components
Course Contents
The course contains the history of the ancient Egyptian civilization from the Pre-Dynastic Period to the Roman conquest in 30 BC, the historical events and developments in art and architecture, architectural buildings constructed for varied purposes, religious beliefs and prctices, relations of the Egyptian civilization with other civilizations and mutual interactions, after the conquests of Alexandre the Great the foundation of Ptolemaic Kingdom and Ptolemaic Period in Egypt.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
0Introduction to the course: Contents, importance of the subject and presentation of the bibliographyMeeting and definition of the course intends
1Pre-Dynastic Period in EgyptReading (Freeman, p. 24-30)
2Old Kingdom Period of Egypt (1st- 6th dynasties). Earliest dynasties, construction of pyramdes (Saqqara step pyramid).Reading (Freeman, p. 30-37)
3First Intermediate Period (7th -10th dynasties) . Civil warsReading (Freeman, p. 38)
4Middle Kingdom Period of Egypt (11th- 14th dynasties). Division of Egypt into states, commercial activities, expeditions, inscription and religion. Reading (Freeman, p. 39-43)
5Second Intermediate Period (15th- 17th dynasties) Civil wars, Hyksos people and Hyksos kings Reading (Freeman, p. 43-44)
6New Kingdom Period of Egypt (18th- 20th dynasties).Reading (Freeman, p. 45-55, 59-72)
7Midterm exam
8Documentary film on the ancient Egyptian civilizatinPractice (Arazi çalışması)
9Third Intermediate Period (21st- 26th dynasties)Reading (Freeman, p. 55-58; Goldschmidt, p. 28-29)
10Persian Period Late dynastic Period (28th -30th dynasties) Okuma (Goldschmidt, s. 30-31; Christensen, s. 56-57)
11Ptolemaic dynasty in EgyptOkuma (Christensen, s. 56-59)
12The capital of the Ptolemaic Period: AlexandriaOkuma (Empereur 1998)
13Presentation of seminarPresentation of seminar
14Presentation of seminarPresentation of seminar
15Final exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Ders Kitabı: C. Freeman, Mısır, Yunan ve Roma, Antik Akdeniz Uygarlıkları, Türkçesi. S. K. Angı, Dost kitabevi yayınları, 2005. Egypte Vision d’Eternité, Musée de l’ephebe Le Cap d’Agde, 10 septembre 1999-8 janvier 2000. A. Goldschmidt, Jr., A Brief History of Egypt, New York, 2008. W. Christensen, Great Empires of the Past, Empire of Ancient Egypt, New York 2005. Yardımcı Kitaplar: J. Ray, The rosetta Stone and the rebirth of Ancient Egypt, 2007. La Gloire d’Alexandrie, Paris Musées, 1998. J.-Y. Empereur, Alexandria Rediscovered, British Museum Press, 1998. E. Bleiberg (ed), Art and Humanities Through the Eras, Ancient Egypt, 2675-332 BC, 2005. B. Brier, The History of Ancient Egypt, Part I, II, III, IV, Course guidebook, 1999. A. M. J. Tooley, Egyptian Models and Scenes, 1995. R. Matthews, C. Roemer (ed.), Ancient Perspectives on Egypt, 2003. Web siteleri:
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Midterm Examination1100
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Sınavı1100
Term (or Year) Learning Activities40
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities60
Language of Instruction
Work Placement(s)
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures16232
Team/Group Work212
Individual Study for Homework Problems5315
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11010
Individual Study for Final Examination11111
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
LO15       5 
LO25   3 4 5 
LO354      5 
LO45       5 
LO5  44    5 
LO6       45 
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
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