Ancient Egypt: Hieroglyphs for False Beginners

Ref: C3745630

This is a hieroglyphs and Middle Egyptian course for those with basic-level prior knowledge whether recent or some time ago. The course will consolidate and advance previous elementary study of the language with a combined focus on characters, grammar and short texts. After a review of previous material studied we will read a selection of short extracts of funerary texts centered around the offering formula and additional tomb scenes, broadly covering the material in chapters 2-3 of Collier and Manley "How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs". This is designed as a direct follow-on to 'Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Absolute Beginners' but others with a similar basic-level knowledge are welcome to join.

Course aim

Designed for those with a slight knowledge of Egyptian Hieroglyphs this course will consolidate and advance previous study introducing elements of offering formulae providing an opportunity to read and translate extracts from standard funerary texts.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This course is for improvers
  • You should be able to read uniliteral Hierogyphs (with limited biliteral and triliteral characters) and have a knowledge of very basic concepts such as phonetic characters, ideograms, determinatives, phonetic complement and honorific transposition, at very least the material from C&M Chapter 1.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Use printed or digital resources to look up a range of words in Middle Egyptian
  • Transliterate unfamiliar characters with the aid of a sign list.
  • Read, Transliterate and Translate common Offering Forumlae in Middle Egyptian
  • Recognize the full Pharaonic titulary and transliterate names with the aid of a sign list.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Class time will include presentation of new concepts and texts, individual or collaborative completion of exercises, and group review of exercise solutions. While not essential it will help if you are able to undertake consolidation of material between classes.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Ongoing and informal, each session will start with an anonymous and optional zoom quiz on the work of the previous session.

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • The course will be partly based on chapters 2 and 3 of 'How to read Egyptian Hieroglyphs' by Collier and Manley (published by British Museum Press) and a copy of either edition of this book will be required (very inexpensive on amazon and elsewhere).

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • New students are welcome and should ideally read and complete the exercises from Collier and Manley Chapter 1 and start work on Chapter 2 if required.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Ancient Egypt: Hieroglyphs for False Beginners

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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