NMC 1201 Y (=NML 240 Y)
INTRODUCTION TO MIDDLE EGYPTIAN
This course introduces students to the hieroglyphic script and the classical form of the ancient Egyptian language. After the basic elements of grammar are mastered, the class will begin the reading of simple hieroglyphic texts. Evaluation: based on 3 quizzes (10%), 4 take-home assignments (20%), 2 take-home tests (35%), 1 final in-class test (15%), and class participation and attendance (20%).
NMC 1202 Y (=NML 340 Y)
A continuation of NMC 1201 Y, in which the student is exposed to a wide range of hieroglyphic texts in the Middle Egyptian dialect of an historical, literary, religious, and economic nature. The grammar and syntax covered in NMC 1201Y are reviewed intensively. Evaluation: based on class participation (35%), one essay (25%), and two take‑home examinations (15% and 25%).
NMC 1203 Y
LATE EGYPTIAN TEXTS
The course is designed to introduce the student to the Late Egyptian dialect attested from the New Kingdom on. Students will be introduced to grammar, syntax, and orthography through readings of original texts; these will include stories, letters, business documents, and formal inscriptions. Standard grammars and dictionaries are supplemented by the instructor’s notes and handouts.
NMC 1204 Y
In this course we read and analyze texts written in the cursive script known as “hieratic”. Texts from all periods of Egyptian history will be read, hence a sound knowledge of all stages of the Egyptian language will be necessary.
NMC 1209 H
OLD EGYPTIAN TEXTS
An advanced language seminar that introduces the student to the grammar and writing system of Egyptian texts from the Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Periods (c. 2400 – 2100 B.C.E.). Texts studied are from funerary, legal, administrative, and cultic contexts, with a focus on autobiographical texts and their development over time. All texts will be read in the original, and students will learn to analyze them in terms of both language/grammar and content. The historical and social, as well as the archaeological, context of the texts will be given due weight. Prerequisites: NMC 1201Y, NMC 1202Y.
NMC 1210 H (=NML 440 H)
ANCIENT EGYPTIAN HISTORICAL TEXTS
This is an advanced language seminar that introduces the student to the analysis, in terms of both language/grammar and content, of Egyptian texts of historical significance. Texts from the periods of the Old Kingdom up to the Late Period will be studied, and all texts will be read in the original. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural and social context of the texts, and questions such as how to best define “historical texts”, and to what extent literary texts may be used as historical sources, will be discussed. Prerequisites: NMC 1201Y, NMC 1202Y.
NMC 1213 H (=NML 441)
ANCIENT EGYPTIAN RELIGIOUS AND FUNERARY LITERATURE
This is an advanced language seminar that introduces the student to the analysis, in terms of both language/grammar and content, of texts that elucidate Egyptian religious conceptions. Texts from all periods of pharaonic history will be studied, and all texts will be read in the original. A particular focus will be on texts from funerary contexts, for which the most complete sources can be found, but cultic, magical, and theological texts will also be studied. Prerequisites: NMC 1201Y, NMC 1202Y.
NMC 1401 H
ANCIENT EGYPTIAN CULTURAL HISTORY I
This course examines the cultural and political history of ancient Egypt from the Predynastic period through the Middle Kingdom, emphasizing the analysis of primary sources of evidence (inscriptional, archaeological, iconographic) and the role of critical thinking in the reconstruction of ancient history.
NMC 1402 H
ANCIENT EGYPTIAN CULTURAL HISTORY II
This course examines the cultural and political history of ancient Egypt from the Middle Kingdom through the Ptolemaic Period, emphasizing the analysis of primary sources of evidence (inscriptional, archaeological, iconographic) and the role of critical thinking in the reconstruction of ancient history.
NMC 1416 H
This course deals with the recognition and interpretation of ancient Egyptian symbols and the representations of divine and royal figures as preserved in the epigraphic record.
Evaluation: seminar presentations, class participation, and a major research paper.
NMC 1614 Y (=NMC 382 Y)
ANCIENT EGYPTIAN RELIGION
(Ph.D. students in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations excluded.) The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the religion of ancient Egypt. A number of themes, such as the gods, mythology, the afterlife, cult and ritual, etc., will be studied through primary sources in translation. These documents will enable the student to understand the religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Egyptians, and to set them within their historical and social contexts. Evaluation: based on class participation (10%), two tests, one at the end of each term (20% each), and 2 essays (20% and 30% each).