Knowledge of Middle and Late Egyptian, and preferably also hieratic. Knowledge of Coptic is not required but helpful.
Introduction to the Demotic script and language, and to the main tools to decipher Demotic papyri and ostraca. Reading of published Demotic documentary and literary texts.
Being a first introduction to the Demotic script, this course aims to acquaint students with various documentary and literary Demotic sources, as well as with the available literature. Students will be expected to critically assess the publications that will be used. The second aim will be for students to read a number of published Demotic texts, correctly identifying and addressing philological and palaeographical problems, and to test their ability to analyse and understand Demotic sources in the broad context of Late Period and Ptolemaic Egypt.
The timetable is available on the Classics and Ancient Civilizations website.
Mode of instruction
Active participation during seminars
Active participation: 30%
Written exam: 70%
If the end grade is insufficient (lower than a 6.0), or the exam grade is lower than 5.50, there is a possibility of retaking the written examination material, replacing the previous exam grade(s).
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.
S.P. Vleeming, Inleiding tot het Demotische Schrift: Het Demotische Schrift, Leiden 1988
J.H. Johnson, Thus Wrote 'Onchsheshonqy - An Introductory Grammar of Demotic (online)
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This class requires motivated students.