Recordings will be made available for those unable to attend the live sessions!

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We will concentrate on the hieroglyphs of the Middle Kingdom (c. 2000-1600 BCE), but you’ll be able to apply a lot of what you have learnt to monuments from all periods of pharaonic history. In this course, we’ll continue to look at how the Egyptians expressed themselves not just in their funerary monuments, but in literature and elsewhere. The course will be taught by reading actual texts from Middle Egyptian in the hieroglyphic script. We will apply and consolidate the basic grammar that we learnt in the previous course (or elsewhere) and learn new elements of grammar as we come across them. By the end of this course, you will be better equipped to read a wider variety of texts from the Middle Egyptian stage of the Ancient Egyptian language.

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This course continues where the EES Intermediate class left off and assumes that you are confident with reading the hieroglyphic writing system, know some basic grammar and that you have at least looked at, even if you didn’t fully understand, the Middle Egyptian verb system. You might have done an intermediate class before or have read a teach-yourself book. Please get in touch with [email protected] if you want to discuss your level. There are no tests or exams but each week, to practise what we have learnt, a simple optional task will be given to do at home. 

Course Outline

Please note that main content will be delivered between 18:00-19:30, though some optional participation (quizzes, Q&A, etc.) may continue beyond that time. 

Tuesday 27 February 2024, 18:00-19:30 (UK time)
Week One - Amenhotep III’s Scarabs: Amenhotep’s marriage to Tiye and the arrival of a foreign princess

Tuesday 5 March 2024, 18:00-19:30 (UK time)
Week Two - The Magician Djedi from Papyrus Westcar and Particles

Tuesday 12 March 2024, 18:00-19:30 (UK time)
Week Three - The beginning of the Tale of the Eloquent Peasant and Dependent pronouns

Tuesday 19 March 2024, 18:00-19:30 (UK time)
Week Four - Changing the priests at Lahun and Relative forms

Tuesday 26 March 2024, 18:00-19:30 (UK time)
Week Five - Sinuhe’s Flight and Negative verb forms

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Booking and information

Register for your place in advance using the link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about your booking. Links for joining the event will be sent by email closer to the start date. 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 Google Drive, where resources will be uploaded.

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

Dr Joseph Clayton

Dr Joseph Clayton

Ancient Egyptian language specialist

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