Bloomsbury Summer School: Crime and Punishment in Ancient Egypt

July 26-30 2010

UCL, London

Guest lecturers: Dylan Bickerstaffe, Joyce Tyldesley

I will be teaching a course on Crime and Punishment in ancient Egypt this summer, at the Bloomsbury Summer School:

Ancient Egypt is often viewed as a utopian society where people lived in harmony with each other. However, literary texts, formal representations and documentary records often tell a different story, of a society where crime certainly existed, and punishment could be severe. This course will examine the concept of law; the nature of different crimes; the process of judgement; and the punishments enacted upon law-breakers, from adulterers to assassins, robbers to runaways. We will discuss the role of the local courts, the oracle, the vizier and the king as judges of right and wrong. We will focus on the primary sources, including translations of literary and documentary papyri, royal and private monumental inscriptions, and temple reliefs. We will certainly examine the infamous New Kingdom tomb robberies and the ‘Harim Conspiracy’, the attempted assassination of Ramesses III.

Paste this link into your browser to take you to the course page on the Bloomsbury Summer School website (or go to the link in the useful Egypt sites list), to access further details and the enrolment form:


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