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Past-Time Lover: Cleopatra article icon

History & The Arts 

Past-Time Lover: Cleopatra

This article is part of a collection produced for Valentine’s Day. Who would you select for your Valentine from these iconic figures from history? 

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History & The Arts 

Art and life in ancient Egypt

Around 1350 BC, the Egyptian grain accountant Nebamun commissioned the walls of his tomb-chapel to be painted with scenes depicting his afterlife, and the world in which he lived. Nebamun worked in the temple of Amun at Karnak during the reign of Amenhotep III (c. 1390-1352 BC). Amenhotep was one of the most important kings of the 18th Dynasty, one of the high points of Egyptian wealth, but his reign preceded a period of dramatic upheaval in Egyptian society. In 1820 eleven pieces were removed from the walls of the tomb-chapel, location now unknown, and were acquired by the British Museum, where they are now iconic masterpieces of the collection. This free course explores the history and meaning of these paintings.

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30 hrs
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OpenLearn Live: 31st October 2016 article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

OpenLearn Live: 31st October 2016

We're back, and we're bringing Hallowain't back with us. Also: the long history of scary clowns, and the Turing Pardons.

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History & The Arts 

OpenLearn Live: 1st February 2016

Who was the real Ozymandias?

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History & The Arts 

OpenLearn Live: 2nd November 2015

Starting a week of notable dogs; catch up with The Hunt; tales of tampons, opium and elephants  - and more free learning through the day.

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Iron from the sky: Meteors, meteorites and ancient culture article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Iron from the sky: Meteors, meteorites and ancient culture

What’s the connection between meteors, iron and Egyptian beads? Dr Diane Johnson, a Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Faculty of Science, explains more about ‘iron from the sky’.

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Timewatch: Explore The Pharaoh's Lost City: Listening to the dead audio icon

TV, Radio & Events 

Timewatch: Explore The Pharaoh's Lost City: Listening to the dead

 Jerry Rose shares the discoveries he's made from the corpses found in the South Tombs cemetery.

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Timewatch: Explore The Pharaoh's Lost City: Rebuilding the city

 The Timewatch team had a challenge: how do you show a city that has been destroyed for centuries?

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Timewatch: Explore The Pharaoh's Lost City: Meet King Amenhotep IV video icon

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Timewatch: Explore The Pharaoh's Lost City: Meet King Amenhotep IV

What little we know of King Amenhotep IV, told from the town he built.

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Timewatch: The Pharaoh's Lost City

It's 1350BC; Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten - ruler of the biggest empire in the ancient world - commands his people to move 400 km and build a huge city from scratch to house his new religion.

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