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Late antique and early Christian Egypt


CONDITIONAL, depending on availability of lecturer


This course offers an introductory overview of the developments in Egyptian society from the Roman period till the early years after the Arab conquest.
The growing influence of Christianity and the sudden introduction of Islam had deep impact on both material and immaterial culture, economy and social life. The course deals with a number of aspects such as the rise of monasticism, the development of urban centres and matters such as change and continuity in religious art and architecture.

Course objectives

  • Understanding of historical and sociological changes in Egyptian society in the first seven centuries of our era;

  • Insight in the sources available from both archaeology and papyrology;

  • Ability to Formulate a research question and doing research concerning a subject within the field.


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

Mode of instruction


Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

Assessment method


All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the examination schedule.

Reading list

A.K. Bowman, Egypt After The Pharaohs 332BC-AD 642. London (1996).


Registration for the course is not necessary, registration for the exam is mandatory. For instructions, see the Registration in uSis page.

Registration ‘Contractonderwijs’

All information (costs, registration, entry requirements etc.) for those who are interested in taking this course as a Contractstudent is on the Contractonderwijs Archeologie webpage (in Dutch).


For more information about this course, please contact dhr dr. K.C. Innemee.