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Egypt's Golden Age Course: The Pharaohs of the 18th Dynasty

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This course examines the 18th Dynasty (1570-1293 BC), the early part of the New Kingdom, when Egypt acquired an Empire in the Near East and Nubia. Participants will explore the history of Egypt from the expulsion of the Hyksos down to the end of the 18th Dynasty, a phase when the country was at its most cosmopolitan, wealthy and dynamic. This is the era of such pharaohs as Tuthmosis I, Hatshepsut, Tuthmosis III, Amenhotep III, Akhenaten and Tutankhamun. The course examines the achievements of each pharaoh, their conquests and building work, as well as the changes which took place in Egyptian society in this period.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the creation of the Egyptian Empire.
  2. Discuss the evolution of Egyptian architecture during the 18th Dynasty.
  3. Identify the military accomplishments of the pharaohs.
  4. Describe the changes in culture which took place in the 18th Dynasty.


This course covers the following topics:

The Ahmosids

This lecture examines the early days of the 18th Dynasty and the expulsion of the Hyksos under king Ahmose I. Egypt begins to expand its political sphere into Western Asia and we see the beginning of an Empire stretching into Palestine and Nubia.

The Tuthmosids

The reigns of Queen Hatshepsut and her junior co-regent Tuthmosis III were ones of great importance for Egypt. Splendid new additions were made to the temples of Egypt, and under Tuthmosis III the Empire expands beyond the Euphrates River.

The Mid 18th Dynasty

The middle of the 18th Dynasty was a period of continuing prosperity for Egypt. The Kingdom now controls a mighty Empire which stretches for over 2000 km NS. Campaigning by Amenhotep II and Tuthmosis IV ensured Egyptian authority was maintained.

The Amarna Period

The reign of Amenhotep IV, better known as Akhenaten, ushers in a revolutionary period in Egyptian history. The capital was moved to Amarna and pre-eminence was given to the worship of the sun god Aten. With his wife Nefertiti he would introduce a new art scheme and ban the worship of Egypt’s traditional gods.

The Late 18th Dynasty

The reigns of Tutankhamun, Ay and Horemhab saw a return to orthodox religion and the restoration of the monuments defaced by Akhenaten. The death of Horemhab without an heir ushered in a new phase in the Egyptian history: the Ramesside Period.

Delivery Style

This course will be delivered as a face-to-face, interactive lecture where questions and open discussion are encouraged.


Course handouts will be provided during class.


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  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion