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SELF STUDY COURSE-Beginners Hieroglyphs: Of Kings and Gods


Maiken Mosleth King
8 pre-recorded lectures and support materials.

Access for 120 days (4 months)  from the point of enrolment.

Beginners Hieroglyphs:Of Kings and Gods

Set of 8 pre recorded lectures with support materials and homework exercises for self study. You are supported with a community of hieroglyph students via our private Facebook page. You have access to materials for 120 days, (approximately 4 months) from the time they join the course. A personalised Certificate of Completion is available on completion.

This is a beginner’s course with a bit of a difference!

You can decide when and how you study, to best fit in with your times and routine and you will be supplied with everything you need to take your first steps with hieroglyphs. 

  The course is suitable for students who are new to hieroglyphs or those wanting to refresh their knowledge. It was recorded in December 2022. 

By the end of the 8 lectures you will:

  • Develop an awareness of the different types of signs
  • Start to build a vocabulary of some common Egyptian words
  • Recognise the names of some pharaohs and understand their meaning
  • Be able to read some royal titles and epithets
  • Have an understanding of how numbers and dates were written in hieroglyphs
  • Gained your Certificate of Completion

 Over the duration of this course students will see how hieroglyphs work as they develop familiarity with various signs. The emphasis of the course will be on helping you recognise and read royal names as well as some of the titles and epithets that are associated with cartouches. Many of the Kings had names that incorporated divinities, and so it is hoped that by the end of the course you will be able to recognise the names of some familiar gods as well as having an understanding for the names and titles of pharaohs, and what their names mean. We will also look at dates and how the pharaoh recorded their regnal years. As cartouches frequently appear on numerous monuments, temples and statuary,  you will become adept at the art of cartouche spotting as you build your confidence with hieroglyphs! 

Lectures are supported with a range of materials:

  •  Maiken’s Grammar Notebook
  •  Links to online resources
  • Access to a private facebook group where you can join our community of friendly hieroglyph students to encourage each other and ask questions. 
  •  Homework exercises provide a useful way to practice and  consolidate learning. 
  •  Recorded sessions give you the opportunity to study at a time to suit you. 

Course Outline

Week 1
  • The ‘alphabet’ signs
  • Introduction to biliteral signs
  • Introduction to triliteral signs
Week 2
  • Overview of the function of determinatives
  • Overview of divine names
  • Common deities and the etymology of their names
Week 3
  • Egyptian terms for kingship
  • Overview of the royal titulary
  • Case study: The titulary of Tutankhamun
Week 4
  • Egyptian terms for royal women
  • Case study: The titulary of Hatshepsut
Week 5
  • Introduction to calendar terms: Regnal years and annual seasons
  • Case study: The titulary of Thutmose III
Week 6
  • Introduction and overview of grammatical terms
  • Case study: The titulary of Akhenaten
Week 7
  • Overview of nouns and adjectives
  • Case study: The titulary of Amenhotep III
Week 8
  • Overview of verb paradigms
  • Case study: The titulary of Ramesses II

Maiken Mosleth King

Maiken Mosleth King is a lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Bristol, where she is also finalising her PhD thesis on 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.

Booking instructions

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Session links will be available in the course Classroom. Room opens 30 minutes before the lecture begins. If you do not have the course link or have any other queries please get in touch

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