The Book of the Dead: Hieroglyph reading group
Dates: 14 March - 2 May
Live lectures Tuesday evenings 7:30-9:00 pm UK times (* See note below) Recordings available for catch up or to watch at a time to suit you.
THIS COURSE HAS STARTED. IT IS STILL POSSIBLE TO JOIN ALTHOUGH MISSED CLASSES ARE VIA RECORDING ONLY.
Do you have a basic understanding of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and want to build on your existing knowledge? Join us this spring as we read spells from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, exploring ancient Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife and the gods. We will start our journey at the point of judgement, with the heart scarab spell 30B which is intended to magically protect your heart and hide any minor misdemeanours you may have had in your lifetime! We will be guided to translate a variety of other spells from the book of the dead to help us get a real sense of the perils the soul would face on its journey to the field of reeds.
The course provides an opportunity to solidify grammatical knowledge and learn new vocabulary in an informal and interactive setting. All relevant study materials will be provided, and weekly homework is provided to give you a chance to practice the skills you have learnt. Homework will be differentiated so that you can choose if you want to challenge yourself or to do the version with a few hints and tips to support you as you go along. All lectures can be joined live or watched again via recordings.
Our hieroglyphs reading classes are a friendly and supportive way to build confidence with your reading. The course is suitable for students who understand how hieroglyphs work and can recognise a few words and phrases that would like to develop their reading skills further, as well as more experienced readers who would like to deepen their knowledge, vocabulary and grammatical understanding by reading more widely.
Lectures are supported with a range of materials such as Maiken’s Grammar Notebook and links to online resources. Opportunities to practice between sessions with homework exercises are a useful way to consolidate learning. The live sessions are interactive and students can ask Maiken questions that arise as we go along. If you find it easier to watch via the recorded sessions, questions can be sent in to be answered the following week. Recorded session give you the opportunity to catch up on any missed lessons or watch at a time to suit you.
Join us for 8 weeks as we explore ancient mythology and religion from a crucial primary source as we read first hand some of the spells that would help you become an Osiris.
*Please note, the sessions on 14 March and 11 April will start 15 minutes later than usual (room will open 7.15, rather than 7, lecture will start 7:45 rather than 7:30) so that students who wish to attend the lecture with the Egypt Society of Bristol (our sister group) can do so.
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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