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Egyptian Temple Inscriptions of the Greco-Roman Period

Vak
2020-2021

Admission requirements

BA degree and sufficient level of knowledge of Middle Egyptian. If you are interested in taking this course, but are not sure whether you fulfill the entry requirements, please, contact the instructor.

Description

Instruction in the interpretation of temple inscriptions from the Graeco-Roman Period (circa 300 BCE – 250 CE), also known as ‘Ptolemaic hieroglyphs’, and their relation to architecture and the surrounding scenes, known as the ‘grammaire du temple’. The textual tradition of the temple scriptorium and the intellectual climate of the priestly milieu are discussed through reading a variety of inscriptions. The course will also introduce the specialized literature on this topic and present an overview of the current state of the scholarly debate and on the different genres represented in the temple inscriptions.
After an intensive introduction to the characteristics of the script and grammar, the classes focus on the reading of inscriptions from the textbook (Leitz) supplemented by other texts.

Course objectives

The course aims at enabling the students to read and interpret the complicated texts of the late temples with the help of the standard research tools.

Timetable

The timetable is available on the Classics and Ancient Civilizations website.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Assessment method

Assessment

  • Assignments;

  • Take home examination;

  • Oral examination.

Weighing

The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average:

  • Assignments: 40%;

  • Take home examination: 30%;

  • Oral examination: 30%.

Additional requirement for Research MA students: students in the Research MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations are required to read a longer text in the final oral examination.

Resit

Should the overall mark be unsatisfactory, the oral exam and/or the take home exam can be repeated.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Christian Leitz, Quellentexte zur ägyptischen Religion I: Die Tempelinschriften der griechisch-römischen Zeit, 3rd ed., Berlin 2009. In stock at Atleest bookshop, Leiden.

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.

Registration Studeren à la carte en Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte.
Registration Contractonderwijs.

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Contact

Prof.dr. O.E. Kaper

Remarks

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