graduate programme

EGYPTOLOGY

Note:A number of graduate courses in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations normally demand ability to handle primary sources in the original language or languages. Some of the courses listed below may require reading knowledge of a second European language.

 

NMC 1201Y MIDDLE EGYPTIAN I (=NML 240Y)

This course introduces students to the hieroglyphic script and the classical form of the ancient Egyptian language. After the basic elements of grammar are mastered, the class will begin the reading of simple hieroglyphic texts.
Evaluation: class participation and attendance: 20%
3 quizzes: 10%
4 short take-home assignments: 20% (2 per term)
2 take-home exams: 35% (one per term; 15% and 20%)
1 final in-class exam: 15%
C. Geisen


NMC 1202Y MIDDLE EGYPTIAN TEXTS (= NML 340Y)

A continuation of NMC 1201Y, in which the student is exposed to a wide range of hieroglyphic texts in the Middle Egyptian dialect of an historical, literary, religious, and economic nature. The grammar and syntax covered in NMC 1201Y are reviewed intensively. Evaluation is based on class participation (35%), one essay (25%), and two take-home examinations (15% and 25%).
R.J. Leprohon


NMC 1203Y LATE EGYPTIAN TEXTS

The course is designed to introduce the student to the Late Egyptian dialect attested from the New Kingdom on. Students will be introduced to grammar, syntax, and orthography through readings of original texts; these will include stories, letters, business documents, and formal inscriptions. Standard grammars and dictionaries are supplemented by the instructor’s notes and handouts.
R.J. Leprohon


NMC 1204Y CURSIVE SCRIPTS

In this course we read and analyze texts written in the cursive script known as "hieratic". Texts from all periods of Egyptian history will be read, hence a sound knowledge of all stages of the Egyptian language will be necessary.
R.J. Leprohon


NMC 1209Y OLD EGYPTIAN TEXTS

This course represents an introduction to the language and writing system of the Egyptian Old Kingdom, including texts from the First Intermediate Period in which developments towards Middle Egyptian can be traced. The studied texts include those from funerary and religious, administrative, and legal backgrounds, and their historical and social context and significance will be examined. Evaluation is based on in-class performance, 2 term-tests, a class presentation, and a research essay.
K. Goebs


NMC 1210Y ANCIENT EGYPTIAN HISTORICAL TEXTS(=NML440y)

The study of texts of an historical nature from all periods; these will be read in the original script, and will be analyzed for content, style, and grammar. Particular attention will be paid to the archaeological and social context of the texts. The selection of texts will usually depend on the instructor and the needs of the students.
K. Goebs


NMC 1213Y EGYPTIAN RELIGIOUS AND FUNERARY LITERATURE (=NML441Y)

Readings, analysis, and comparisons of selections from the Pyramid Texts, the Coffin Texts, and the New Kingdom mortuary literature; study of cultic, magical, and mythological texts relating to funerary and cultic beliefs and practices. All texts to be read in the original.
K. Goebs


NMC 1614Y ANCIENT EGYPTIAN RELIGION (=NMC 382Y)

(Ph.D. students in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations excluded)
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the religion of ancient Egypt. A number of themes, such as the gods, mythology, the afterlife, cult and ritual, etc., will be studied through primary sources in translation. These documents will enable the student to understand the religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Egyptians, and to set them within their historical and social contexts. Evaluation is based on class participation (10%), two tests, one at the end of each term (20% each), and 2 essays (20% and 30% each).
R.J. Leprohon