Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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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 Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Colin Hope


This unit builds upon the skills acquired in Ancient Egyptian language: the basics, and aims to provide students with a firmer grasp of the language and aspects of ancient Egyptian culture transmitted through historical and literary texts. Advanced grammar will be studied and used in the translations of key texts to study how the ancient Egyptians expressed their cultural ideology.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. acquire a comprehensive understanding of the structure and grammar of the language;
  2. be able to translate full texts;
  3. be able to write confidently in hieroglyphic script;
  4. 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%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Two 1 1/2 hour classes per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ATS2924 or ATS3924