Course Aim

The Summer School “Reading Middle Egyptian Hieratic” is  an academic program offered by the University of Pisa, aimed at training its participants to read and interpretate literary and documentary texts of Ancient Egypt (Middle Egyptian, 2000-1500 BC) in their original script (hieratic and hieroglyphs).


The objective of the school is to provide strong ability in reading and interpreting ancient Egyptian documents in hieratic and hieroglyphs, beyond basic knowledge.  This will be achieved through three different levels:

1) Decoding hieratic script (basic);

2) Intensive practice of reading (hieratic sources) supervised by teachers;

3) Focus on grammar issues related to the Middle Kingdom texts.

By investigating different types of documents, participants will acquire self confidence in approaching autonomously ancient Egyptian writings in Middle Egyptian, especially those written in hieratic.

All courses will be taught by international leading experts with privileged access to current research: Dr. Susanne Töpfer (Fondazione Museo delle Antichità Egizie di Torino); Dr. Antonio Morales (Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid); Dr. Gianluca Miniaci (University of Pisa).


The course will run from 22nd July to 27th July 2019.


The deadline for submission of applications is 30th April 2019 (for the application form see the section “How to Apply”).

Target Audience

The course is open to EU (including University of Pisa students) and non-EU applicants. Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of Middle Egyptian (language and script). No previous knowledge of hieratic is required.

Course language 

Courses will be all taught in English. No knowledge of Italian is required.


Participation to the course is worth 3 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) University Credits (equivalent to 3 CFU in Italian High Education), upon passing a final test covering the main topics.
A certificate of participation from the University of Pisa will be provided at the end of the course.