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04 Aug 2021

ARAB1024. Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Language (Hieroglyphs)

Start date: Jan 07, 2022 (Friday)
Time: Every Friday: 12:30 to 14:20

This course offers an introduction to Egyptian hieroglyphs, the language of the Ancient Egyptians. Hieroglyphs is the name of one of the writing scripts of the Ancient Egyptian language. Looking to the Ancient Egyptian monuments, temples, tombs, and statues, you will see these beautiful pictorial writings, participants of this course will have the chance to decode these writings and understand the stories behind them.
The Ancient Egyptian language is grouped into six major chronological divisions: Archaic Egyptian, Old Egyptian, Middle Egyptian, Late Egyptian, Demotic, and Coptic. This course will focus on Middle Egyptian which remained in use from 2000 BCE through to the Roman Period. The course provides training in the fundamentals of Middle Egyptian Grammar, common monumental inscriptions and simple texts. The archaeological, historical, religious, and cultural contexts of the inscriptions will be discussed as one part of the frame for understanding the ancient texts.

Students who are interested in taking the course, please enrol in the Student Information System (SIS).

For enquiries and registration details, please contact Mr. Amjad Refai (

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