Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

5EG-520: Middle Egyptian Texts I & II

These two C-level courses represent the core text reading modules in your study of actual texts written in Middle Egyptian. Together they comprise 15 hp. They are designed to provide an opportunity for you to put into use the skills which you will have acquired by the end of the course Middle Egyptian II on B-level.

During Middle Egyptian Texts I you will read and analyse different kinds of texts written in classical and post-classical (early XVIII Dynasty) Middle Egyptian covering various textual genres. As before, you will develop your skills in reading hieroglyphic texts and understanding of their grammar, including its development over time. In addition, you will again try your hand at using textual sources to uncover historical, religious, and generally cultural information. During Middle Egyptian II you will also have a go at reading more demanding texts from the troubled times of the First Intermediate Period, which will prepare you also for the study of Old Egyptian, the language of the Pyramid Age later on C-level.

As before, the texts read will be provided by the lecturer, along with an English translation to help you in your work, and a bibliography related to the text. You are expected to prepare the text (or, in case of longer texts, a decent part thereof) before the lectures. They will then be read and discussed in class. The discussions will form the basis of our analysis of the text and represent a spoken commentary on them. The texts to be read can be, to some extent, chosen according to your own interests.