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Bloomsbury Summer School

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Fascinated by ancient civilisations?

We offer anyone with any level of knowledge, inspiring short courses on Ancient Egypt and other areas of the Ancient World.

Summer School 2018 – Timetables

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Monday 16 July – Friday 20 July

Ancient Egypt Reinvented: exploring the manifold identities of Graeco-Roman Egypt

Course Directors: Dr Luigi Prada; Guest Lecturer: Dr Jennifer Cromwell


Monday 16 July

10:45 – 11:00
Participants assemble in BSS Common Room (Dept. of History, UCL)

11:00 – 11:30
BSS Co-Director’s Welcome Address

11:30 – 13:00
Why a ‘Graeco-Roman’ Period? A Misunderstood Age between Egyptian Pharaohs, Greek Monarchs, and Roman Emperors

13:00 – 14:30
Welcome Lunch in BSS Common Room (G09/10)

Short optional tour of UCL led by Co-Director (meet in G09/10)

14:30 – 15:45
The Beginnings: Early Interactions between Egyptians and Greeks

16:15 – 17:30
From Alexander to Constantine (and Beyond): History’s Protagonists in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt

Non-BSS event:
get together with fellow students for a drink in local café/bar


Tuesday 17 July

10:00 – 11:15
A Detective’s Work: Original Sources for the Reconstruction of Graeco-Roman Egypt’s History

11:45 – 13:00
Sticking to Tradition: Pharaonic Customs in Graeco-Roman Times

14:15 – 15:30
Egypt in a New, Globalised World: Multiculturalism, Multilingualism, and Faraway Lands

16:00 – 17:15
Egyptomania in the Ancient Classical World: Egypt outside Egypt

17:15 – 18:30
Reception in the Petrie Museum (guests welcome)


Wednesday  18 July

10:00 – 11:15
British Museum Galleries Visit: Treasures from Graeco-Roman Egypt

11:45 – 13:00
The Archaeology of Graeco-Roman Egypt: Select Case Studies

14:15 – 15:30
Forgotten Treasures: Egyptian Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

16:00 – 17:15
A Taster of the Language(s) and the Writing Systems of Graeco-Roman Egypt

Non-BSS event: get together with fellow students for dinner in local restaurant


Thursday 19 July

10:00 – 11:15
Group A: Graeco-Roman Egypt in the Petrie Museum: Handling Session
Group B: independent study

11:45 – 13:00
Personalities and Papyri: Individual Stories from Daily-life Documents

14:15 – 15:30
Death in Graeco-Roman Egypt: Tombs, Funerary Beliefs, and Burial Customs

16:00 – 17:15
Old Gods, New Gods/Praying Egyptian, Praying Greek: Egyptian Religion in the Graeco-Roman Period


Friday 20 July

10:00 – 11:15
Group B: Graeco-Roman Egypt in the Petrie Museum: Handling Session
Group A: independent study

11:45 – 13:00
Coptic Sources for Life in Late Roman Egypt (Jennifer Cromwell)

14:15 – 15:30
Egypt’s Neighbours: The Case of the Kingdom of Meroe

16:00 – 17:15
Conclusion and Discussion: Why Ancient Egypt ‘Reinvented’?

17:15 – 19:00
Farewell Drinks Party


This timetable is unlikely to change, but remains provisional until the first day of the course