This module provides an introduction to Old Egyptian with the aim of expanding language proficiency in—and grammatical knowledge of—Old and Middle Egyptian texts. Religious (Pyramid and Coffin Texts) and Secular (autobiographical) texts will be read, primarily dating to the Old Kingdom.
To develop a firm knowledge of the oldest phases of the ancient Egyptian language, to familiarise students with Old Egyptian grammar and vocabulary, to expose students to varying genres of texts, and to develop skills in using a wide array of resources (grammars, dictionaries, reference literature, etc.)
Mode of instruction
Seminar; compulsory attendance.
Mid-term exam: transliteration, translation, and analysis of an unseen Old Egyptian text, with dictionary (30%)
Final exam: transliteration, translation, and grammatical analysis of unseen texts, one of which is Old Egyptian (70%)
The final grade is determined by a weighted average of both exams.
A resit is only available for the final exam; the mid-term cannot be retaken.
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
R. Hannig, Großes Handwörterbuch Ägyptisch-Deutsch. (2800 bis 950 v. Chr.) Die Sprache der Pharaonen. (2015, or earlier edition)
Additional literature will be issued throughout the course.