Faculty of Arts

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitArchaeology and Ancient History
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Colin Hope


This unit will introduce students to the basics of ancient Egyptian language in its classic phase, Middle Egyptian, written in the hieroglyphic script. Middle Egyptian developed during the late third millennium BCE and was used for literary and historical inscriptions for approximately one millennium. Through the study of its basic structure students will be introduced to both its grammar and also the unique way in which the ancient Egyptians expressed themselves.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. acquire a basic understanding of the structure of the language;
  2. acquire an understanding of the grammar of Middle Egyptian;
  3. be able to translate basic inscriptions;
  4. be able to write in the hieroglyphic script.
  5. be able to relate translations to the broader cultural framework of Egyptian society - the actual meaning of the text.


Translations (3500 words): 80%
2 Tests (1000 words): 20%

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Workload requirements

Two 1 1/2 hour classes per week

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