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Research Topics in Archaeology: Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt (12 points)


Leader: Gillian Bowen

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit explores the current state of knowledge of aspects of Egypt's history in the wake of Alexander the Great's conquest. Themes include the response of the Egyptians to the introduction of hellenism and their interaction with the Macedonian and subsequent Roman overlords. It focuses upon the continuation of ancient cult practices within a multi-cultural environment and the subtle change in the nature of Egyptian society. Aspects of sex, gender definition and role assignment are explored in relation to the roles of the Ptolemaic queens. Literary, documentary and archaeological sources are analysed to identify and account for the changes, exploring internal and external influences.

Assessment: Bibliographic review essay (3000 words): 35% + Research essay (6000 words): 65%

Contact Hours: Two-hour seminar per week

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