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Slavery, Conscriptions and Corvee Labour in Ancient Egypt


Dr Nicky Nielsen
2 Sunday Afternoons. 21st & 28th January 2024

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Slavery, Conscriptions and Corvee Labour in Ancient Egypt

2 x Sunday Afternoons 21st and 28th January 2024
Times: 2-5 (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 4 March.

Ancient Egypt was a dictatorship which benefitted greatly from the labour of enslaved people. However, despite the enormous number of prisoners-of-war brought into slavery in Egypt, there is precious little evidence of formalised slave markets in Egypt for much of Pharaonic history. So how were slaves sold? How did ordinary Egyptians engage with slavery and forced labour? How did the army conscript its soldiers? How did the state use corvee labour to farm its field and build its monuments? What rights did slaves have? This brief course will explore these questions using both written and iconographic sources primarily from Egypt’s New Kingdom. 

Join Dr Nicky Nielsen over two afternoons for this set of 4 lectures where we will examine the archaeological record to see  how certain members of the Egyptian population were controlled. What freedoms were denied them, what restrictions and rights governed their lives?  

  1. The import and sale of slaves in Ancient Egypt
  2. The Right of Slaves
  3. Corvee Labour
  4. You’re in the Army now: Conscription and forced recruitment

Dr Nicky Nielsen

Dr Nicky Nielsen is a Senior Lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Manchester. He is the director of the Tell Nabasha Survey Project and the author of several books about ancient Egypt as well as the academic monograph Subsistence Strategies and Craft Production at the Ancient Egyptian Ramesside Fort of Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham (Bloomsbury Academic, 2023).

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