When: Mondays, Nov 1 - Dec 13

Cost: $195.00 for 7 on-demand video presentations session(s)

Type: On Demand


Instructor: Pearce Paul Creasman is Director of the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan. He recently served as director of the Egyptian Expedition at the University of Arizona.
Pearce Paul Creasman

Pharoahs, Pyramids, Mummies and More

In ancient Egypt, the pharaoh was simultaneously a religious, political, economic, and legal institution. Consider the duties of the pharaoh and the lives of the individual men and women who occupied this exclusive class, which was perhaps the most powerful monarchy in human history.

In addition to power, the Egyptian kingship was rather laden with responsibility. As a divine son (or, occasionally, daughter), a king was, hypothetically, priest of all the gods. Most important of these royal duties was the perpetuation of order on social and cosmic levels. The wealth of the country flowed both to and from the pharaoh, who was also, in the ideal, responsible for the importation of foreign goods. How kings achieved all of this—and what exactly was expected of him or her—varied through three thousand years of pharaonic history. Within Egypt, society changed. Beyond Egypt, the political and economic fortunes of its neighbors changed.

The course will cover kingship in Egypt from its ill-understood beginnings among prehistoric tribal chiefdoms, through the surprisingly early climax of royal power manifested by the construction of the Great Pyramid at Giza, to the development of mummification as a form to preserve the king’s body for eternity, into its travails and ‘last hurrah’ as revived by the Nubians (Kushite) pharaohs.

Week 1: History of Ancient Egypt, part 1

History of Ancient Egypt, part 2

Week 2: Ancient Egypt and the Environment

Death and the Afterlife

Week 3: Origins of Kingship


Week 4: Sacrifices for the King

Pyramids & Symbols of the king

Week 5: The King as a God

The King as the God: Amarna & Amun

Week 6: The Valley of the Kings

The King’s Workmen

Week 7: Nubia & Nubian Kings

Female Pharoahs

Each presentation will be available for 7 days and may be viewed at your convenience. Registrants will receive an email each Monday with a link to the weekly lecture presentation.

Register for Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous in Ancient Egypt

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