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Alexandria in Egypt? The history and archaeology of culture contact


Compulsory attendance


Prerequisites and restrictions

BA degree (or equivalent) in Archaeology, Egyptology, Art History, Classics or other relevant discipline.


Alexandria, one of the ancient world’s largest cities, for a long time remained relatively unknown, buried under the modern town. Recent finds on land and under water have greatly enhanced our knowledge. Alexandria, as the capital city of the Greek rulers of Hellenistic Egypt, had always held a strong interest for those interested in Greek-Egyptian interaction. Now archaeological evidence allows us to further analyse the acculturation processes taking place in this ancient world ‘melting pot’. This course aims explicitly at bringing together a textual and a material culture perspective, and thus present as full a picture of this incredibly important community as possible.

Learning outcomes

  • A thorough knowledge of Hellenistic Egypt and of Alexandria in particular, and of acculturation issues of that period;

  • Enhanced performance in the following areas: research skills, presentation skills, composition skills, ability to evaluate the findings of other researchers.

Mode of delivery



  • Several short presentations of preliminary findings (20%);

  • Paper (80%).

Reading list

To be announced.

Time schedule

Course schedule details can be found in the MA time schedule.