This five-week intermediate-level course builds on previous EES language courses in 2021.

If you have already some background knowledge of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs and want to practise on a text, then this course will do just that. Together we will build up your skills in transliteration, translation, word meanings, grammar and thinking about the background, context and symbolism of a specific text. We will study just one text, The Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor (P.Hermitage 1115), as it is often called, in order to focus on one, coherent narrative tale.

Image: P. Hermitage 1115, right edge in JEA 79, 256.

To participate in this course, we highly recommend that you have attended the EES' previous Introduction and Intermediate courses, or are confident in translating Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. You should ensure that you already have understanding of the following:

  • Different types of signs, their sounds, and meanings
  • Vocabulary
  • Pronouns
  • Numbers (including duality and plurality)
  • Use of verbs and adjectives
  • Basic tense (such as sDm.n=f)

Course Dates

Online lessons will be held live at the following times (UK):

Thursday 16th September, 18:00-19:30
Thursday 23rd September, 18:00-19:30
Thursday 30th September, Reading Week (no class)
Thursday 7th October, 18:00-19:30
Thursday 14th October, 18:00-19:30
Thursday 21st October, 18:00-19:30

Classes will not be recorded or available following the live streaming. 


Dr Penelope (Penny) Wilson is Associate Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University, UK. She is currently the Director of the EES Delta Survey Project, and Project Director of the joint EES/Durham University archaeological mission at Sais in the western Delta. Penny is a specialist in both Egyptian languages and field archaeology and since 2019 also sits on the Society’s Board of Trustees.


50% of your ticket fee will go toward the Society’s Research FundThank you.

Members of the Egypt Exploration Society can book at a heavily discounted rate. If you’re not yet a member but would like to join in order to receive this discount, then please ensure that you have already joined here. Subscriptions from members include a donation to support and promote Egypt’s cultural heritage. If you are a Cairo Associate, then please contact our Cairo Office to reserve your discounted tickets: [email protected] 

Register for your place in advance using the links below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the course. Links for joining the event will be sent by email. If you do not receive your email, then please check your junk folders before contacting the Egypt Exploration Society. The course will be held on our Zoom platform and attendees will be able to interact by asking questions, using the chat and polls. It is not necessary to have a working webcam or microphone for this course. The online course will be complemented by Slack, where resources will be uploaded and participants can further discuss the course.

Please ensure that you have read our guide to attending EES online events before the course begins.

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