Intermediate hieroglyphs ADED2050E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Following on from the courses Ancient Egyptian texts 1A and 1B, this course builds upon students' knowledge of Middle Egyptian grammar and broadens their reading experience, with a particular focus on literary texts of the Middle Kingdom. We also continue to explore the cultural backdrop of the texts we read, focusing on literary themes shared by our text corpus, particularly order triumphing over chaos.


Two hours per week for 10 weeks

Block 2, Thursdays, 11.00-13.00

Block 3, Thursdays, 11.00-13.00

Requirements of Entry

This course assumes a basic knowledge of Middle Egyptian, and thus students should have taken the courses Ancient Egyptian texts 1A and 1B (or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience).

Excluded Courses





Grammatical profile of a short passage (c. 1000 words, due in Week 8): 20%

Translation portfolio consisting of 5 texts chosen from those read in class, translated, annotated and contextualised (15% each) prefaced by a short introduction (c. 500 words: 5%) which describes the range of texts chosen, due at the end of the course: total 80%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Broaden students' experience of Middle Egyptian grammar, introducing some new forms including the stative

■ Familiarise students with a range of literary texts, read in hieroglyphic transcription

■ Encourage students to explore the range of meanings developed across literary texts by studying particular themes grounded in the historical and cultural backdrop. A particular case study will be Egypt's emergence from the 'chaos' of the First Intermediate Period.  

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Read a variety of literary texts in Middle Egyptian

■ Demonstrate familiarity with the grammatical and thematic composition of the texts we read

■ Critically analyse passages from different texts with a view to exploring particular grammatical features

■ Contextualise texts within their cultural and historical setting, and apply their understanding of both to analysis of the texts themselves.

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.