Subject details

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

  1. the acquisition of a broad generalised knowledge of Egypt's place in the art history and material culture of the ancient Mediterranean world, its most important archaeological sites and the genres of artefacts found there
  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 one's 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.
    • General introduction to post-Pharaonic Egypt
    • History of research, architecture: construction materials and elements
    • Church, monastic and settlement archaeology
    • The archaeology of pilgrimage
    • Coptic sculpture, painting, ceramics, textiles and minor arts
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
    • Print materials

      • Welcome letter

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MAQ-HST802

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as AHIX855 Introduction to Coptic Art & Archaeology.

This subject will give students a comprehensive overview of the colourful art and architecture of the 'other' Egypt, Egypt after the Pharaohs, and will study the most important archaeological sites from the Christian period of Egypt. Topics studied will include church architecture, the archaeology of towns, villages, monasteries and cemeteries, painting, sculpture and objects of daily life. The subject will give students a comprehensive overview of the history of Coptic art and architecture and the most important archaeological sites from the Christian period of Egypt. At the same time, it will present some of the major sources we have for this topic and look at the immense bibliography available. It will teach students to see these sources within their historical and archaeological context, to understand the characteristics of their particular type or genre and to evaluate the historical information gathered from them.

  • Essay (50%)
  • Paper (15%)
  • Participation (20%)
  • Research Paper (15%)

Textbooks are not required.

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