Programme

The Summer School will take place from Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 6pm. It consists of four main sessions: a. hieratic texts (9:00-11:00); b. focus on Middle Egyptian grammar (11:00-13:00); c. practical activity to develop an appropriate methodology for reading hieratic texts (15:00-16:30); d. the archaeological context of texts read during the morning session (17:00-18:00).

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 grammar sessions aim at introducing the student into the fundamental aspects of the Middle Egyptian language and writing. The main goal of these sessions is to help the attending student to refresh the basic aspects of Middle Egyptian grammar and to provide a detailed knowledge on each of the aspects and constructions under consideration. Each of the sessions will begin with a theoretical introduction into the grammar topic and the presentation and discussion of various examples, and will follow with the study of particular cases that illustrate the grammatical theme of the session.

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 last 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.

Final teaching schedule

Monday 3rd July 2017

9:00-11:00: Hieratic texts

Session 1: Introduction to hieratic

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

 11.00–13.00: Grammar Session

  • TopicNon-verbal sentences: adjectival, adverbial, and nominal. Negation of non-verbal sentences. Non-verbal interrogative sentences. Non-verbal sentences of possession. Non-verbal clauses: the uses of relative adjectives

 15.00–16.30: Practical Session

  • Topic: Reading, writing, and transcription exercises

17:00-18:00: Archaeological Session

Tuesday 4th July 2017

9:00-11:00: Hieratic texts

Session 2: Literary texts

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

11.00–13.00: Grammar Session

  • Topic: Verbal sentences I: categories and main features of verbs. The suffix conjugation (sDm=f, sDm.n=f, sDm.t=f, and others). Syntax and structure of the discourse

 15.00–16.30: Practical Session

  • TopicReading, writing, and transcription exercises

17:00-18:00: Archaeological Session

Wednesday 5th July 2017

9:00-11:00: Hieratic texts

Session 3: Religious texts

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

11.00–13.00: Grammar Session

  • Topic: Verbal sentences II: Forms and uses of the infinitive. The pseudoverbal construction. The imperative

 15.00–16.30: Practical Session

  • TopicReading, writing, and transcription exercises

17:00-18:00: Archaeological Session

Thursday 6th July 2017

9:00-11:00: Hieratic texts

Session 4: Legal and administrative texts

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

11.00–13.00: Grammar Session

  • Topic: Verbal sentences III: The pseudo-participle (stative). The participles

 15.00–16.30: Practical Session

  • TopicReading, writing, and transcription exercises

17:00-18:00: Archaeological Session

Friday 7th July 2017

9:00-11:00: Hieratic texts

Session 5: Healing texts

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

11.00–13.00: Grammar Session

  • Topic: Verbal sentences IV: Relative clauses and forms. Non-attributive relative forms

 15.00–16.30: Practical Session

  • TopicReading, writing, and transcription exercises

17:00-18:00: Archaeological Session

Saturday 8th July 2017

9:00-11:00: Hieratic texts

Session 6: Letters

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

 11.00–13.00: Grammar Session

  • Topic: Verbal sentences V: The Passive. The Prospective

 15.00–16.30: Practical Session

  • TopicReading, writing, and transcription exercises

17:00-18:00: Archaeological Session