Kemet Klub

NA-Common People: Life in Ancient Egypt


9th January – 6th February 2023 with Professor Joyce Tyldesley and Professor Steven Snape

Common People: Life in Ancient Egypt

5 week course: 9 January- 6 February 2023 Live lectures are Monday evenings: 7.30-9.00pm (UK times) or you can watch at a time to suit you via the recordings.


Much of what we know about ancient Egypt is related to elite individuals (e.g. kings and other members of the royal family) or elite buildings (e.g. enormous temples or well-equipped tombs). But this course will be looking at the lives of the vast majority of the population of ancient Egypt who are, paradoxically, often hidden from our gaze. 

Over five weeks we will examine the evidence for some of the key aspects of the lives of ‘ordinary’ Egyptians. The main topics explored will be: 

Conception, Birth and the Family 

The Working Life 

Crime and Punishment 

Sickness and Health 

Life after Death 

Join us for this 5 week course as we try to get a sense of what life in ancient Egypt was really like for the vast majority of its people. We will explore a wide range of sources to try to glimpse these ‘invisible’ people from the scant clues that remain in the hope that we can follow in their footsteps to find out about  their lives at home, at work and what their hopes for an afterlife might entail.  

 Joyce Tyldesley  is Professor of Egyptology at the University of Manchester where she teaches. Author of a wide variety of academic and popular books for adults & children, including books to accompany the television series Private Lives of the Pharaohs, Egypt’s Golden Empire and Egypt. In January 2008 her book Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt, was the Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4. Her play for children, The Lost Scroll, premiered at Kendal Museum in 2011. Her book Tutankhamen’s Curse ( Tutankhamen in the USA) was awarded the 2014 Felicia A. Holton Book Award by the Archaeological Institute of America. Her most recent book, Tutankhamun: Pharaoh, Icon, Enigma, was published in October 2022  

Professor Steven Snape  is Honorary Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Liverpool, he has taught undergraduate and postgraduate students since 1994, and he was Director of the Garstang Museum of Archaeology. He is a specialist in the history and culture of the New Kingdom. He has extensive fieldwork experience in Egypt and has directed several archaeological excavations at sites including the Eastern Delta, Abydos and the ongoing work at the Ramesside fortress of Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham. At Abydos Steven directed fieldwork for the University of Pennsylvania at the Seti I Cenotaph Temple Complex. Steve’s Ph.D was on the excavations of John Garstang at Abydos from 1906-1909. His current research focus is on the sacred landscape of ancient Egypt

Booking instructions

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The Zoom link is available in the Course Area. The lecture room is opened 30 minutes before the course begins. If you have any other queries please get in touch.

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