An Introduction to Coptic
Dates: 12 & 19 June
***LIVE LECTURES COMPLETED. ***Recorded sessions available to watch until 19th July.
Do you want to learn about the final stage of ancient Egyptian language? Coptic, the Egyptian language written with the Greek script, evolved from the language of the hieroglyphs and remains in use in the Coptic Orthodox Church today. This introductory course in Sahidic Coptic, the dialect of the south, is suitable for beginners and takes place over two Sundays. The first Sunday will serve as an introduction to the Coptic script, grammar and vocabulary, including comparison with hieroglyphs. On the second Sunday we will learn about Coptic verbs and read short excerpts from the Sayings of the Desert Fathers, the legendary hermit monks who established the monastic movement in the Egypt’s remote deserts. All relevant study materials, including vocabulary lists, will be supplied.
Afternoon 1 (Sunday 12th June)
Session 1: Introduction to Coptic script and vocabulary, including comparison with hieroglyphs
Session 2: Introduction to Coptic grammar (word order, nouns, non-verbal sentences)
***THERE WILL BE SOME HOMEWORK IN THE FORM OF READING SIMPLE SENTENCES BETWEEN THE TWO SUNDAYS! THIS IS JUST FOR FUN AND WILL GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO CONSOLODATE YOUR LEARNING.***
Afternoon 2: ( Sunday 19th June)
Session 1: Introduction to Coptic grammar (verb constructions)
Session 2: Reading short excerpts from the Sayings of the Desert Fathers
Maiken Mosleth King
Maiken Mosleth King is a doctoral candidate in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Bristol, researching funerary stelae and identity in Roman Egypt. She has previously completed a BA and MA in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool. She has published academic articles in Gottinger Miszellen and the Journal of History and Cultures, as well as contributing to the catalogue of the exhibition ‘Emotions in Antiquity and Ancient Egypt’ at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, Norway. Her linguistic skills are broad and include Coptic, Classical Greek, Latin, Biblical Hebrew, Phoenician, classical Arabic and hieroglyphs, which she has taught for a number of years. She also works as a Postgraduate Teaching Assisstant at the University of Bristol, lecturing in Greek, Roman and Persian history.
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