Programme

The Summer School will take place from Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 6pm. It consists of four main sessions: a. hieratic texts (9:00-11:45); b. the archaeological context of texts read (12:00-12:30); c. practical activity to develop an appropriate methodology for reading and writing hieratic texts (14:30-15:30); d. practical activity with reading, discussing hieratic signs, and grammar issues in the hieratic texts analyses and read during the morning session (15:30-17:30).

Intro to the hieratic texts and grammar sections of the course

Hieratic is the handwritten counterpart to the hieroglyphic script and was used in the Middle Kingdom to write a wide range of non-monumental texts. This series of sessions provides an introduction to, and familiarization with, Middle Kingdom hieratic through a range of exercises and readings of original texts of a variety of types, including literary narratives, religious texts, legal documents, recipes for healing and protection, and letters.

The archaeological session will enlighten the archaeological and social contexts of the texts read in the class. It will mainly focus on an in-depth analysis of the material culture of Middle Kingdom.

In the afternoon sessions, students will be lead to develop, under the guidance of teachers,  a proper methodology for interpreting and autonomously reading small parts of hieratic texts. The main goal is to provide an inductive approach (starting with concrete examples and asking learners to find rules)  for developing self-confidence and independence. The afternoon sessions will be dedicated also to the discussion of grammar issues raised during the analyses of texts during the morning session and the presentation of various and further examples.

 

Temporary teaching schedule

Monday 23rd July 2018

9:00-11:45: Hieratic texts

Session 1: Introduction to hieratic

  • TopicReading of Hymns to Sobek in cursive hieroglyphs (pRamesseum VI); Student writing board (MMA 28.9.4)

 12.00–12.30: Archaeological Session

 14.30–15.30: Practical Session

  • Topic: Reading, writing, and transcription exercises

15:30-17:30: Reading Hieratic texts

  • Topic: Reading, discussing hieratic signs, and grammar issues in the hieratic texts analysed in the morning

Tuesday 24th July 2018

9:00-11:45: Hieratic texts

Session 2: Literary texts

  •  TopicReading of Tale of the Herdsman and The Man and the Ba (pBerlin 3024)

12.00–12.30: Archaeological Session

14.30–15.30: Practical Session

  • Topic: Reading, writing, and transcription exercises

15:30-17:30: Reading Hieratic texts

  • Topic: Reading, discussing hieratic signs, and grammar issues in the hieratic texts analysed in the morning

Wednesday 25th July 2018

9:00-11:45: Hieratic texts

Session 3: Religious texts

  • TopicReading of Hymn to Senusret III (UC 32157); Funerary spells from Papyrus Gardiner 2 (BM EA 10676)

12.00–12.30: Archaeological Session

14.30–15.30: Practical Session

  • Topic: Reading, writing, and transcription exercises

15:30-17:30: Reading Hieratic texts

  • Topic: Reading, discussing hieratic signs, and grammar issues in the hieratic texts analysed in the morning

Thursday 26th July 2018

9:00-11:45: Hieratic texts

Session 4: Legal and administrative texts

  • TopicReading of Mery’s deed of transfer (UC 32037); Ankhren’s deed of transfer (UC 32058)

12.00–12.30: Archaeological Session

14.30–15.30: Practical Session

  • Topic: Reading, writing, and transcription exercises

15:30-17:30: Reading Hieratic texts

  • Topic: Reading, discussing hieratic signs, and grammar issues in the hieratic texts analysed in the morning

Friday 27th July 2018

9:00-11:45: Hieratic texts

Session 5: Healing texts

  • TopicReading of Protective spells (Turin 54003); Recipes for women (UC 32057)

12.00–12.30: Archaeological Session

14.30–15.30: Practical Session

  • Topic: Reading, writing, and transcription exercises

15:30-17:30: Reading Hieratic texts

  • Topic: Reading, discussing hieratic signs, and grammar issues in the hieratic texts analysed in the morning

Saturday 28th July 2018

9:00-11:45: Hieratic texts

Session 6: Letters

  • TopicReading of Letter of Neni (UC 32199), Heqanakht letter 3 (MMA 22.3.518)

12.00–12.30: Archaeological Session

14.30–15.30: Practical Session

  • Topic: Reading, writing, and transcription exercises

15:30-17:30: Reading Hieratic texts

  • Topic: Reading, discussing hieratic signs, and grammar issues in the hieratic texts analysed in the morning

 

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