2023-2024 / HAAR0065-1

Ancient Egyptian Art History and Archaeology


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : musicology5 crédits 
 Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : Oriental studies (Registrations are closed)5 crédits 
 Master in ancient languages and literatures : Oriental studies (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Dimitri Laboury

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Given the importance of Ancient Egypt - and of Ancient Egyptian Art - among the founding references of modern Western culture and the commonly accepted idea that "when you have seen an Ancient Egyptian temple, you have seen them all » (G. Flaubert), the course is structured in two parts, of different length:

  • - a synchronic and theoretical approach, aiming at explaining the very strong formal (as well as functional) identity that characterizes what we are nowadays used to call art in the Ancient Egyptian context and that justifies this impression of immutability;
  • - a diachronic approach, that deals with the 6 millennia of existence of the Ancient Egyptian material culture, with particular focus on the dynamics that induced this evolution

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The course is structured around two objectives:

  • - understanding and distinguishing the different phases of the evolution of the Ancient Egyptian material (and visual) culture during the 6 millennia of its existence;
  • - understanding the identity of this material and visual culture, its own characteristics, that define it with such a coherence and consistency that nowadays, anybody is able to recognize an Ancient Egyptian work as such.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)


Recommended or required readings

Oral examination

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


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