The Military Might of Thutmose III: Hieroglyphs reading class
Dates: 11 October - 29 November 2022
Live lectures Tuesday evenings 7.30-9pm UK times*. Recordings available for catch up or to watch at a time to suit you.
Do you have a basic understanding of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and want to build on your existing knowledge? Join us this autumn as we read excerpts from the Annals of Thutmose III, an 18th dynasty Pharaoh famous for his military exploits. These official monumental texts, carved in the temple of Karnak give a year by year account of the military campaigns during the reign of Thutmose. They are an invaluable source providing a real insight into Egyptian expansion, military might and warfare. Through these texts we also get a glimpse what life was like for an Egyptian army on campaign. Thutmose III is known to have had at least 16 campaigns, so there will be no shortage of battles, sieges and plentiful booty! You will have the opportunity to revise grammatical knowledge and learn new vocabulary. The sessions will consist of guided reading of the text, and discussing its wider meaning. All relevant study materials will be provided in advance of the sessions.
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 sessions give you the opportunity to catch up on any missed lessons or watch at a time to suit you.
*Please note, the first session on 11th October will start 15 minutes later so that students who wish to attend the lecture with the Egypt Society of Bristol (our sister group) have time to do so.
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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