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How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs: Two not-for-credit workshops
Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 9:09am
How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs: Two not-for-credit workshops

How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs:
A new approach in two all-day workshops 

Learn the basics of how the Egyptian hieroglyphic writing system and language works and start on the road to reading simple inscriptions and understanding the concept of writing and language in ancient Egypt. An ideal course for anyone interested in ancient Egypt and for students of archaeology, linguistics, or ancient history.

Part 1: Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm 
(with an hour break for lunch)
Location: Room 287, Cramer Hall
Cost: $80. Brown bag or lunch on your own.
Register here

Part 2: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm 
(with an hour break for lunch)
Location: Room 287, Cramer Hall
Cost: $70. Brown bag or lunch on your own
Register here

About the instructor:

Egyptologist John Sarr will lead the two day-long sessions. He has been teaching courses on Ancient Egypt and the Ancient Egyptian language for over 30 years and has led similar one-day workshops for archeological and museum groups. In addition to teaching and language study, he is interested in Egyptian funerary arts and has documented the Egyptian scarab collection in the Portland Art Museum and an Egyptian coffin in the Burke Museum in Seattle. Sarr is an active member of the American Research Center in Egypt and is the founding president of its Oregon chapter.

Course details

Part 1: Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm 

(No prerequisite and open to everyone)

We cover how hieroglyphs are used to write the Ancient Egyptian language, which is a combination of logograms and phonograms, and learn how to transliterate words. We then look at how words can be arranged into statements to write the two types of text most often encountered in hieroglyphic inscriptions: the names of kings and the funerary offering formula.

Textbook: How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs: A Step-By-Step Guide by Mark Collier and Bill Manley. Photocopied excerpts will be provided for explanations and all exercises, but we recommend you purchase a copy of the book for additional information that will enhance your learning experience, including an Egyptian-English dictionary, a grammar summary, and the answers to all the exercises. (New or used copies can be found at Powells or on Amazon, but be sure to allow a week or so for delivery. Average cost is approximately $20.)

Part 2: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9:00 am to 4:00pm 

(Open to anyone who has taken a previous one-day Hieroglyphs workshop or Part 1 of this series)

We quickly review the basics from Part 1 and continue our work in discovering the relationship between the king and the gods in art and writing. We will lean about statements, which explain what someone is doing in a scene and what someone has done in his life, found mainly in tombs and on funerary steles.

Textbook: How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs: A Step-By-Step Guide by Mark Collier and Bill Manley. Photocopied excerpts will be provided for explanations and all exercises, but we recommend you purchase a copy of the book for additional information that will enhance your learning experience, including an Egyptian-English dictionary, a grammar summary, and the answers to all the exercises. (New or used copies can be found at Powells or on Amazon, but be sure to allow a week or so for delivery. Average cost is approximately $20.)