Kemet Klub

New Kingdom Aspects: Warfare, Religion and Art in New Kingdom Egypt


Dr Robert Morkot
6  Weeks. Monday 12th Feb-18th March 2024

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New Kingdom Aspects: Warfare, Religion and Art in New Kingdom Egypt

6x Monday Evenings 12th Feb-18th March 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 Monday 22nd April.

The New Kingdom saw significant changes in military technology, theology and religious practices, architecture and artistic style. Warfare created an empire on a new scale, and empire led to external influences in Egypt. Changes in cult affected temple design and resulted in what we consider the ‘classic’ form of the Egyptian temple. Artistic style continued the Middle Kingdom tradition but soon developed in new ways reflecting the new military technologies, changes in cult practice, and expanding empire. We look at these three aspects of the New Kingdom looking at the broad developments and changes. The reign of Akhenaten was an axial point in the New Kingdom: rather than focussing on the controversial interpretations of religion and art, we consider the effects on the following period, sometimes considered to be the emergence of ‘personal piety’.

Join Dr Robert Morkot over a series of six Monday evening classes as we look into the New Kingdom elements of art religion and warfare. 

Some of the subjects we will consider:

Changes in military technology and warfare through the New Kingdom; the impact of war on art and religion.

Was Egyptian religion rationalised? Development of triads; processional rites; focuses for ‘popular’ worship; foreign gods.

Stylistic development; changes in temple design; the ‘international’ style.


Lectures can be joined live or watched via recordings. 

Dr Robert Morkot

Robert Morkot gained both his BA and PhD from University College London. Part of his postgraduate studies were spent at the Humboldt University in Berlin (GDR as it was then) which was the leading centre for Meroitic studies. He held a post-doctoral research position at Oxford and for many years taught in the Archaeology Department of a UK University. He was Chair of the Society for Libyan Studies and worked on the Eastern Marmarica Coastal Survey, and served for a long time on the Committee and Board of the EES. He is currently President of the Friends of the Petrie Museum. His best-known books are The Black Pharaohs, Egypt’s Nubian Rulers and (along with colleagues) the controversial Centuries of Darkness.

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