Ancient Near Eastern Language: Egyptian

Subject ANCW30022 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours: 1 x 1 hour lecture and 2 x 1.5 hour 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 either of 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 Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


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 successfully complete this subject should:

  • be familiar with the script, 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.
  • Five shorter assessment exercises, one in-class, and four take-home, in total 800 words, due throughout the semester (20%)
  • Five take home assessment exercises, in total 1200 words due throughout the semester (30%)
  • A 24 hour take-home final examination distributed on the last day of class (50%)

Hurdle Requirement:

  • Students must attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to pass this subject.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: 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.

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.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Ancient World Studies
Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Major
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Classical Studies and Archaeology

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