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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: Egypt under the Ptolemies (PGHC11185)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAn examination of the history, politics and culture of the Ptolemaic rulers of Egypt. The course examines how the dynasty ruled Egypt and interacted with the other dynasties of the Hellenistic world.
Course description This course traces the history and culture of Egypt under the Greek-speaking Pharaohs of the XXX Dynasty. As successors of Alexander the Great and inheritors of an ancient pharaonic past, the Ptolemies created a unique socio-cultural and political structure. Students will explore the cultural diversity of Ptolemaic life from the reign of Ptolemy I to the death of Cleopatra VII and will concentrate on the monarchic aspects of political history of the period.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate in class discussion and written work a detailed and critical command of the body of knowledge concerning Ptolemaic Dynasty, including domestic and international encounters, and exchanges
  2. Demonstrate in class discussion and written work an ability to analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship concerning the nature of the Ptolemaic dynasty and its place in histories of Egypt and the Hellenistic World, primary source materials concerning the period and conceptual discussions about Egyptian monarchy
  3. Demonstrate in in class discussion and written work an ability to understand and apply specialised research or professional skills, techniques and practices considered in the course including textual, artistic, and cultural criticisms
  4. Demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain original scholarly arguments in oral and written form in seminar discussions and presentations by independently formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence considered in the course
  5. Demonstrate in seminar discussions and presentations originality and independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers; and a considerable degree of autonomy
Reading List
Ashton, S-A. 2002 - Ptolemaic Royal Sculpture from Egypt. The Greek and Egyptian Traditions and Their Interaction. London.

Bennet, C. 1997 - 'Cleopatra V. Tryphaena and the Genealogy of the Later Ptolemies.' AncSoc 28. 39-66

Carney, E.D. 1987 - 'The reappearance of royal sibling marriage in Ptolemaic Egypt'. La Parola del Passato 237. 420-39

Ellis, W.M 1994 - Ptolemy of Egypt. London

Empereur, J-Y. 1998 - Alexandria Rediscovered. London

Hazzard, R.A. 2000 - Imagination of a Monarchy. Studies in Ptolemaic Propaganda. Toronto

Hölbl, G. 2000 - A History of the Ptolemaic Empire. Translated by Tina Saavedra. London

Ogden, D. 1999 - Polygamy, Prostitutes and Death. The Hellenistic Dynasties. London

Rowlandson, J. 1988 - Women and Society in Greek and Roman Egypt. A Sourcebook. Cambridge

Smith, R.R.R. 1988 - Hellenistic Royal Portraits. Oxford

Stephens, S. A. 1998 - 'Callimachus at Court' in: M.A. Harder (ed.). Genre in Hellenistic Poetry. Groningen.167-85

Thompson, D.J. 2000 - 'Philadelphus' Procession. Dynastic Power in a Mediterranean Context.' In: Leon Mooren (ed.). Politics, Administration and Society in the Hellenistic and Roman World. Proceedings of the International Colloquium, Bertinoro 19-24 July 1997. Leuven. 365-88
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones
Tel: (0131 6)50 3585
Course secretaryMr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)50 3782
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