Subject details

  • Topics
    • Ancient Egypt in the western tradition
    • Modes of encounter with the divine
    • Individual deities
    • Divine kingship
    • Temples and their priesthoods
    • The role of women
    • Creation accounts
    • Cosmology
    • Myths
    • Polytheism/monotheism
    • Personal piety
    • Oracles
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board

The subject aims at students acquiring the following generic and specialised skills:

  1. the acquisition of a broad generalised knowledge of Egypt's contribution to religious thought
  2. the development of independent and analytical judgment
  3. the identification of sources of information (such as research tools, databases and online resources) and problem-solving skills in dealing with these resources
  4. the ability to assess and prioritise information, to treat different types of disdegree and to analyse their aims and functions
  5. familiarity with treating different types of visual, archaeological and textual sources, in order to identify their technical or genre-based aspects, and to extract data from them
  6. advanced written communication skills, with particular emphasis on the ability to discuss complex material in writing, to reflect on research and organise ones ideas and to comprehend alternative views and respond to them profitably; also the ability to construct sustained arguments in writing, supported by clear logic and detailed research
  7. skills in clear presentation of written work and self-organisation and time management, necessary for the successful completion of assignments.
  • Assignment 1 - Invigilated Exam (35%)
  • Assignment 2 - Two Papers at 12.5% Each (25%)
  • Assignment 3 - Essay (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-HST801

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as HST801 Ancient Egyptian Religion.

This subject is a study of religious thought and its development in Ancient Egypt. It covers topics such as the concept of god, creation accounts, cosmology, divine kingship, polytheism, monotheism, pantheism, myths, temple cult, oracles and personal religion.

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