Demotic

Course content

The course is structured as follows: firstly there is a short introduction to the main elements of Demotic grammar. Then we read the story of Khaemwase and Naneferkaptah. This is read in so-called Normalschrift from W. Erichsen, Demotische Lesestücke. Band I. Heft 1, Leipzig, 1937, pp. 1-40. The text is published by F. Ll. Griffith, Stories of the High Priests of Memphis, Oxford, 1900, and a translation can be found in M. Lichtheim, Ancient Egyptian Literature. Volume III: The Late Period, Berkeley, 1980, 125-138. Later texts to be read include extracts of other literary texts, didactic compositions and magical texts.

Education

Master’s Programmes in Ancient and Medieval Near Eastern Studies, 2008

Learning outcome

KA 2008-ordningen:
Demotic (fagelementkode HÆGK03361E)

Classroom lectures.

J. Johnson, Thus Wrote Onchsheshonqy, 3rd ed., Chicago, The Oriental Institute, 2000 [downloadable for free from oi.uchicago.edu/OI/DEPT/PUB/SRC/SAOC/45/SAOC45.html], and J. Johnson, The Demotic Verbal System, Chicago, The Oriental Institute, 1976.

Students have to be familiar with Middle Egyptian (equivalent to Middle Egyptian A, B and C); knowledge of Late Egyptian is an advantage but not a formal requirement.

Students are expected to have a basic reading knowledge of English, French and German.

ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Other
Criteria for exam assessment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 384,5
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • English
  • 412,5