Kemet Klub

Egypt’s Middle Kingdom: A New Look


Dr Wolfram Grajetzki
6  Weeks. Monday 8th April – 13th May

A Certificate of Completion


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Egypt's Middle Kingdom: A New Look
Dr Wolfram Grajetzki

6x Monday Evenings 8th April - 13th May 2024
Times: 7.30-9pm (UK Times to join live)

We love to see you for the live lectures, but if you have to miss one, don't worry, you can of course catch up (or watch again) at your leisure via the recordings. You will have access to the recorded lectures for a whole month after the last live lecture. Recordings will be available until 13th June.

This course coincides with the publication of the second edition of Wolfram’s book The Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt,  which is viewed by many as the quintessential authority of this period of history. In his new edition, as with this course, Wolfram takes into account new discoveries that have shaped our understanding of this fascinating period of history.

 Over 6 weeks we will be guided to appreciate many aspects of the Middle Kingdom, its history, archaeology and society. The Middle Kingdom (about 2000 to 1650 BC), is an epoch the ancient Egyptians saw as their ‘classical period’.  It is well known for its outstanding production of works of literature and royal sculpture. Other famous monuments of the period are the richly decorated tomb chapels of local governors and precious jewellery found in burials of royal women.

 The Archaeology of the last two decades has expanded our knowledge of the period heavily, including the excavations of towns and new royal burials. The course starts with a history of the period with special attention to the archaeological remains and the development of arts (sculpture, reliefs, painting). 

The big, well preserved governor’s tombs in Middle Egypt (Beni Hasan, Meir) will be presented as well as lesser known burials. Egypt’s relation to the Near East and Africa will be discussed. A further attention will be the society of the period. What do we know about the living conditions of most people? The well excavated towns and cities as well as the houses of rich and poor provide rich evidence for this. 

( Wolfram’s second edition is available to buy direct from the publishers and from all good book sellers!)

Dr Wolfram Grajetzki

Wolfram Grajetzki is a Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University College London. He studied Egyptology, Prehistory and Classical archaeology in Berlin with his PhD on the highest state officials in the Middle Kingdom (1998). He worked on several projects, including excavations in Egypt and Pakistan and was teaching Egyptology in Berlin, London and Pisa, He published several scholarly and popular articles and books on burial customs and the Middle Kingdom.

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