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.


Fagstudieordning Kandidatuddannelserne i nærorientalsk arkæologi, assyriologi og ægyptologi, 2019


Learning outcome

KA 2019-ordningen
Demotic (aktivitetskode HÆGK03511E)

Classroom lectures.

J. Johnson, Thus Wrote Onchsheshonqy, 3rd ed., Chicago, The Oriental Institute, 2000 [downloadable for free from], 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.

Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 356,5
  • Lectures
  • 56
  • English
  • 412,5