The History of Ancient Egypt in Six Weeks

Ancient Egypt has fascinated people from all over the world over thousands of years. A culture that has brought to us the pyramids, magnificent tombs and spectacular finds was almost lost to us until we deciphered the hieroglyphs in the early 19th century. Its history lasted for more than three millenniums. This course will take you on a journey in the beginnings of Egypt’s history in the time before the pyramids down until the Roman conquest in the year 30 BC. You will learn about the great pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom. We will follow Sinuhe and learn about Egypt’s contact with the outside in the Middle Kingdom. We will visit the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and learn about Egyptian beliefs in the afterlife. In short, you will become familiar with nearly three thousand years of history in an accessible and enjoyable manner.

The Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara (WikiMedia)
The Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara (WikiMedia)


Six Wednesdays
20 February through 27 March 2013
6.30 to 7.30 p.m.


Waves Coffee
#100 – 900 Howe St
Vancouver BC


  • $60 – SSEA Member
  • $75 – General Public

Eventbrite - The Story of Ancient Egypt's History (Six Week Course)

Coffee, Tea and some Pastries are included.

Class Outline

Class 1

The Predynastic and Early Dynastic Periods

Class 2

The Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period

Class 3

The Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period

Class 4

The New Kingdom

Class 5

The Third Intermediate and Late Period

Class 6

The Ptolemaic Period and beyond

About the Instructor

Thomas H. Greiner has a BA in Classical Archaeology from the University of British Columbia and an MA in Egyptology from the University of Liverpool. He is the president of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities in Vancouver, and he has taught courses in the Department of Continuing Studies at UBC. Thomas has also worked as a curatorial volunteer at the Manchester Museum, participated in the Hierakonpolis Expedition (UBC) at Kom el-Ahmar in Egypt, and taught English as a second language in Seoul.

Class Description


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