Centre for Continuing Education

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

History. See the future. It’s in the past.

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


This course aims to provide you with in depth historical perspective of the 18th Dynasty.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • describe the creation of the Egyptian Empire
  • discuss the evolution of Egyptian architecture during the 18th Dynasty
  • identify the military accomplishments of the pharaohs
  • identify the changes in culture which took place in the 18th Dynasty.


Lecture 1: 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.

Lecture 2: 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 expanded beyond the Euphrates River.

Lecture 3: The mid-18th Dynasty

The middle of the 18th Dynasty was a period of continuing prosperity for Egypt. The Kingdom controlled a mighty Empire which stretches for over 2000 km NS. Campaigning by Amenhotep II and Tuthmosis IV ensured Egyptian authority was maintained. The reign of Amenhotep III is often seen as the pinnacle of ancient Egypt with the kingdom prosperous and stable for almost 40 years.

Lecture 4: 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, Akhenaten would introduce a new art scheme and ban the worship of Egypt’s traditional gods.

Lecture 5: 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 King Horemhab without an heir ushered in a new phase in the Egyptian history: the Ramesside Period.

Intended audience

Interested members of the public.

Delivery style

Delivered as one-day interactive lecture where you will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in class discussion. Each topic area will be illustrated by relevant maps, plans and photographs, and Replica artefacts will be made available for handling.


Course handouts are provided in class.

Recommended reading

Ian Shaw (ed.), 2003, The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, Oxford University Press.


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