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Demotic Papyrology II


Admission requirements

Demotic Papyrology I or equivalent (the latter will require an informal exam).


Reading of Demotic religious, literary and administrative texts, including unpublished texts. Students are expected to use the available tools to arrive at the correct readings, including motivation and references.

Course objectives

After Demotic Papyrology I this course teaches students how to read Demotic on the basis of their own knowledge and skills. The main aim is that they develop a critical eye that will enable them to deal with Demotic sources on their own, without the help of an edition. Students are also expected to be able to relate the sources treated in class to the context of Egypt in the Late Period and the Ptolemaic era.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • take home exam

Students will have a whole week (40 hours) to decipher an unknown text as best as possible. Special focus is also placed on the reasoning and references behind specific readings.

The final mark is determined by attendance, preparation and participation (50%) and a written exam (50%). Both should be 6 out of 10 or higher.


The resit assignment will be determined in consultation with the lecturer.

Reading list

J.H. Johnson, Thus Wrote 'Onchsheshonqy: An Introductory Grammar of Demotic (2000) (freely downloadable from the website of the Oriental Institute in Chicago)
Mark Depauw, A Companion to Demotic Studies (1997)


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