HDS 4120

The Language of Pharaohs: Introduction to Egyptian Hieroglyphs I

Peter Der Manuelian


This language course explores the fundamentals of Middle Egyptian, the classical stage of Egyptian hieroglyphs used throughout much of ancient Egyptian history. Lessons in the Egyptian writing system, grammar, and culture, with weekly vocabulary and exercises, will introduce the language and verbal system in a systematic fashion. By the end of the semester, students may begin to read selections from Egyptian classic stories and historical texts. Visits to the Semitic Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in order to read ancient hieroglyphic inscriptions on the original monuments, may also be included. Note: Continues as HDS 4121 (Egyptian Ab)

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 20 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: No
Jointly offered as Egyptian Aa

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0.50 credits
Fall 2014
Mon Wed 1:30pm-3pm
FAS 1 Bow Street

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus None
MDiv Distribution Category/ies None
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) Basic language course