Reading skills in ancient Egyptian - The Satire of the Trades (online) ADED2081E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 5
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

Aimed at students with a basic knowledge of Middle Egyptian attained through Ancient Egyptian texts 1A and 1B or the equivalent, this course offers the opportunity to develop and strengthen reading skills by working through a classic work of Middle Kingdom literature, The Satire of the Trades, which presents a fascinating view of the working-class world through elite eyes. Students will be able to build their vocabulary and knowledge of grammar as they work through the set text. This course is not suitable for complete beginners. This course is delivered entirely online.


Block 4, weeks 1-5

Class materials uploaded on Wednesdays

Requirements of Entry

Basic knowledge of Middle Egyptian (either Ancient Egyptian Texts 1A and 1B; or Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs for beginners - online; or the equivalent experience).

Excluded Courses





One translation of a short excerpt of the text, accompanied by a critical analysis (c. 200 words) of it as a primary source (75%).

One set of dictionary-style entries for 5 chosen words that occur in the text, presenting each in its context (25%).

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Develop students' reading skills in Middle Egyptian, progressing beyond formulaic texts typically studied by beginners to a work of Middle Egyptian literature

■ Build students' knowledge of vocabulary and Middle Egyptian grammar

■ Present The Satire of the Trades within its cultural context, using it as a primary source on ancient Egyptian society.


Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Translate The Satire of the Trades and display a mastery of its vocabulary and grammar

■ Critically analyse the content of the text against its cultural backdrop

■ Appraise the value of the text as a primary source on ancient Egyptian society.

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.