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Klassiek Egyptisch 1


Admission requirements

Prerequisites: successful completion of Inleiding Middelegyptisch and Lectuur Middelegyptisch.


This course is aimed at developing language skills in Old and Middle Egyptian through reading secular hieroglyphic texts from the Old and Middle Kingdoms. The thematic center of gravity is in the development of the ancient Egyptian autobiography, a genre that was carried forward throughout Egyptian history.

Course objectives

At the end of this course, students will have developed their practical knowledge of grammar and extended their Egyptian vocabularies. They will also be able to synthesize ideas built out of primary and secondary sources.


First semester, blocks 1 and 2, meeting once per week. See timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Mid-term examination: 35%. Final examination: 65%.

  • The mid-term and final examinations will involve the transliteration, translation, and parsing of hieroglyphic texts.


Detailed course information, reading materials, and hieroglyphic texts are distributed through Blackboard

Reading list

Reading materials and hieroglyphic texts are distributed through Blackboard.



Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

The instructor Dr H.M. Hays