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Egyptian Temple Inscriptions of the Graeco-Roman Period


Admission Requirements

BA degree and sufficient level of knowledge of Middle Egyptian. If you are interested in taking this course, but are not sure whether you fulfil the entry requirements, please, contact the instructor, Prof. Dr. O.E. Kaper.


Instruction in the interpretation of temple inscriptions from the Graeco-Roman Period (circa 300 BCE – 250 CE), also known as ‘Ptolemaic hieroglyphs’, and their relation to architecture and surrounding scenes, the so-called ‘grammaire du temple’. The textual tradition of the temple scriptorium and the intellectual climate of the priestly milieu are discussed through reading a variety of inscriptions. After an intensive introduction to the characteristics of the script and grammar, the classes focus on the reading of inscriptions from the textbook (Leitz) supplemented by other texts.

Course objectives


  • The course starts with an intensive course on the Ptolemaic script over three days.

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Method of Instruction

Literature seminar.

Assessment method

Oral examination about a ritual text (unseen) from the temple of Dendera.


Not applicable

Reading list

Christian Leitz, Quellentexte zur ägyptischen Religion I: Die Tempelinschriften der griechisch-römischen Zeit, 3rd ed., Berlin 2009


Registration for this course is compulsory

Contact information

Contact the lecturer prof.dr. O.E.Kaper