Ancient Egyptian literature in translation: biographies from the 2nd millenium BCE ADED11689

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Discover a world of ancient Egyptian texts that are read in translation and used as a window onto Egyptian life and culture, specifically focusing on biographies from the 2nd millennium BCE. Each week we will read excerpts from narratives of high officiants, local potentates and priests, allowing us a glimpse of the duties they carried out in their everyday lives and on the occasion of religious ceremonies.


Block 1, weeks 6-10



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Enable students to use selected ancient Egyptian biographical texts as a source for understanding ancient Egyptian society

■ Provide an overview of the cultural background of those texts and the genre to which they belong

■ Encourage discussion of key themes emerging from the texts studied together in class.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Apply analytical skills to understanding texts, specifically ancient Egyptian biographies, as primary sources

■ Contextualise key individual and case study groups of biographies within their time period and against their cultural backdrop

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.