Kemet Klub

The Heqanakht Letters- Hieroglyph reading group


Maiken Mosleth King
8  Weeks. Tuesday 23nd May – 11th July 2023

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The Heqanakht Letters - Hieroglyph Reading Group

8 x Tuesday Evenings 23rd May- 11th July

Times: Live lectures 7.30-9pm (UK Times).
Please note: We love to see you for the live lectures, but if you have to miss one, don't worry, you can of course catch up (or watch again) at your leisure via the recordings. You will have access to the recorded lectures for a whole month after the last live lecture. Recordings will be available until 11th August.

In the 1920’s when Herbert Winlock was excavating the tomb of Ipi (TT315) in the cliffs overlooking Deir el Bahri he discovered a collection of sealed and folded letters from Heqanakht, a middle-class farmer who lived during the Middle Kingdom. This collection of letters  provide a unique insight into the domestic and financial affairs of Heqanakht as he tries to encourage members of his household to accept and welcome his new wife. A rare chance to glimpse what life was like for a minor official during the reign of Senusret I. The letters can be seen today in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, or can be enjoyed as a work of fiction, re-imagined from the originals by Agatha Christie in her novel ‘Death comes as the end’.

To read these intriguing letters in their original language, join us for this 8 week hieroglyph reading class with Maiken Mosleth King. This course is suitable for intermediate readers who are looking to practise and develop their reading skills. Maiken will guide and support our reading, introducing new vocabulary and exploring elements of grammar as we go along. For those feeling less confident homework will be provided in two levels, so students have the chance to decide their own level of challenge. The live classes provide plenty of opportunities for students to ask questions and to clarify their understanding and of course you also have the chance to watch the recorded lectures at a time to suit you, or as a way to revise some of the content.

*Please note that for the lecture on the 27th June we will start slightly later, opening the room at 7.15, with the lecture at 7.45. This is so that students who are also Egypt Society of Bristol members can attend the ESB lecture too.

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. 

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