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London Evening Class: An Introduction to the Hieroglyphs of Ancient Egypt

Event Info

Host: EES
Type: Education - Lecture

Time and Place

Start Time: Thursday, 23rd February 2017, 6:00 pm
End Time: Friday, 7th April 2017, 8:00 pm
Location: The Egypt Exploration Society
Street: 3 Doughty Mews
City/Town: London WC1N 2PG
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Contact Details

Email: contact@ees.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)20 7242 1880


An introduction to the language and hieroglyphic script of ancient Egypt. This course is for beginners in the subject. No previous knowledge or experience of the Egyptian language and hieroglyphic script is required. The tutor will guide participants through the basics, explaining the different types of signs and how to read them, and providing an understanding of the underlying grammar. Participants will be able to read the pharaohs' names written inside cartouches and decipher simple inscriptions. At the end of this course, participants will have the option to visit the British Museum and translate real inscriptions.

The textbook for this course is: M Collier and B Manley, How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs (London, British Museum Press 1998, reprinted with corrections 2003), ISBN 0 7141 1910 5. Handouts will be provided, but it would be useful for participants to purchase their own copy.

Classes will be held on the following 8 Thursday evenings:
23 February, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 March 6, 13 April

Tutor: Christelle Alvarez is a final-year PhD student at the University of Oxford. Among many aspects of ancient Egyptian culture, she is fascinated by their writing system. She is currently working on hieroglyphic texts, known as 'Pyramid Texts', inscribed on the walls of the burial chamber of the 8th Dynasty King Ibi (ca. 2150-2134 BC). As a member of the Swiss-French archaeological mission of Saqqara (MafS), she is also involved in the revised publication, including the newly found fragments of texts in the pyramid.

Event Cost (Members) £208.00 tickets
Event Cost (Non-members) £260.00 tickets
Event Cost (Student Members) £104.00 tickets
Event Cost (Student Non-members) £130.00 tickets

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