Ancient Egypt : Amarna and the Boy King

Course Ref: C3745629
Date: 6 meetings on Mondays starting 02/11/2020. 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Online
Tutor: John Billman
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Fee: £38.40

Ancient Egypt is known for cultural continuity and traditions that endured for three millennia.  One such tradition of a polytheistic approach to religion was challenged in the eighteenth dynasty of the New Kingdom.  The pharaoh Amenhotep IV changed his name to Akhenaten and established a new form of divine kingship based on the sun-disc the Aten to the exclusion of other gods.  This monotheistic revolution was accompanied by a radical change in the style and iconography of Egyptian art and the rapid construction of a new capital at el-Amarna.  This course explores the rise and fall of the Amarna period which on the death of Akhenaten was followed by a counter-revolution under the reign of his son Tutankhamun.  We evaluate Tutankhamun's reign as well as his death, and now famous burial in KV62 within the Valley of the Kings.

This course will be delivered online.

To book a place on this course ring 0300 303 3464 or go to the central WEA website by clicking here.

Photo: Philip Pickart, Wikimedia Commons