Knowledge of Middle and Late Egyptian, and preferably also hieratic. Knowledge of Coptic is not required but helpful.
Introduction to the Demotic script and language, and to the main tools to decipher Demotic papyri and ostraca. Reading of published Demotic documentary and literary texts.
Being a first introduction to the Demotic script, this course aims to acquaint students with various documentary and literary Demotic sources, as well as with the available literature. Students will be expected to critically assess the publications that will be used. The second aim will be for students to read a number of published Demotic texts, correctly identifying and addressing philological and palaeographical problems, and to test their ability to analyse and understand Demotic sources in the broad context of Late Period and Ptolemaic Egypt.
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Mode of instruction
Attendance, preparation and participation in the discussion of the Demotic sources treated in class (30%) and final written exam (70%). Resit after consultation with lecturer.
S.P. Vleeming, Inleiding tot het Demotische Schrift: Het Demotische Schrift, Leiden 1988
J.H. Johnson, Thus Wrote 'Onchsheshonqy - An Introductory Grammar of Demotic (online)
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