Ancient Near Eastern Language: Egyptian

Subject ANCW30022 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 3 hours of tutorials per week for 12 weeks
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have completed the following subjects are not permitted to enrol in ANCW30022:

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Brent Davis


Dr Brent Davis

Subject Overview:

This subject is an introduction to the grammar and reading of ancient Egyptian. It covers grammatical concepts and paradigms, sentence formation, and translating and reading simple hieroglyphic texts. Background information on the cultural context in which ancient Egyptian was spoken is woven into the subject matter. The aim is for students to acquire the basic elements of the grammar, syntax, vocabulary and writing system of ancient Egyptian, and attain reading skills sufficient to begin reading literary and historical texts.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who sucessfully complete this subject will:

  • be familiar with the elements of the grammar, syntax and vocabulary of ancient Egyptian and have attained reading skills sufficient to begin reading simpler literary texts.
  • have discovered the importance of reading ancient texts in the original languages for the study of history and the ancient world in general.

Ten short assessment exercises (one in-class, and nine take-home) due during the semester (50% in total) and a take-home final examination distributed on the last day of class, and due 24 hours later, 50%

Hurdle Requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to pass this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. After five working days late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject

Prescribed Texts:
  • James P. Allen. Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs (3rd Edition), Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • Raymond O. Faulkner. A Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian, Oxford: Griffith Institute, 1962 (reprinted 2006, Oxford: Oxbow Books).
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Ancient World Studies
Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Major
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology

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