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Theory in Egyptology


Admission Requirements

Students who want to attend this course need to have been admitted to the MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations, specialization Egyptology and to have finished two years of BA education in Egyptology or equivalent. Students who do not fulfil this requirement but are interested in taking this course need to contact the coordinator, Prof. Dr. O.E. Kaper.


A tutorial with discussions on recent literature in the field of Egyptology/Coptology, in which theory plays a major part. There are research tasks for which the student carries out an analysis of a scholarly article within a chosen topic. The research should be presented in an oral presentation during the seminar, and a written referenced version (essay) should be handed in. Each student is to present two times during the course.

Course objectives

The course encourages a critical appraisal of current practices in the fields of Egyptology with particular attention to aims and methods. The course familiarizes the student with theoretical models and abstract ways of approaching archaeological and textual data. It also serves as an introduction to the choice of topic of the MA-thesis.


Please consult the timetable on the Classics and Ancient Civilizations website.

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Method of Instruction


Course load

5 ec (= 140 hours), consisting of

  • course attendance: ## hrs

  • preparation oral presentations: ## hrs

  • preparation written essays: ## hrs.

Assessment method

Two oral presentations (20% each) during the seminar and two short essays (30% each).



Reading list

A selected bibliography will be available for each topic of the lectures.


Registration for this course is compulsory

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable

Contact information

Contact the lecturer prof.dr. O.E.Kaper