Seminars meet each weekday morning, 09.15-10.45 and 11.15-12.45, with afternoons free for course-related field trips, individual study or exploring the many beautiful places in and around the city.
The onset of Revolution. This occurred during the reign of the ‘Dazzling Sun Disk’, the pharaoh Amenhotep 111.
The accession of his son Akhenaten challenges and changes traditional beliefs on religion, art, and the nature of kingship. There is now only one god – the Aten – and Akhenaten is his son.
Akhenaten abandons Thebes founding a new capital and cult centre for his god at Amarna. It is adorned with magnificent palaces, temples and tombs.
The revolution created a new art with classical idealism distorted into wholly new forms. Lovely paintings show a naturalism surely borrowed from Crete.
An archive of state documents reveal a sophisticated world of international diplomacy. Letters from royal courts at Anatolia, Babylon, Crete, Mycenae and the Levant document dynastic marriages and international trade
Tragedy and death in Amarna is accompanied by rebellion abroad. The dream turns sour, the revolution fails.
We visit the British Museum in London to examine the evidence and the art which documents the origins of the ‘Amarna Revolution’.
The end of the reign and death of the king. Amarna is abandoned. What happened to Nefertiti? The ephemeral Smenkhare & the accession of Tutankhamun.
We visit the magnificent Egyptian collection in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford which contains some of the principal sculptures and paintings from this period.
Destination: The British Museum; London
Excursion Rating: Moderate
Up to two hours' walk on even ground or up to an hour's walk on rough and/or steep ground or up lots of stairs and steps.