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Bloomsbury Summer School

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Fascinated by ancient civilisations?

We offer anyone with any level of knowledge, inspiring short courses on ancient Egypt and other areas of the ancient world.

2021 Courses – programme at a glance

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In 2021 we will be offering 16 courses – more than we have ever offered before! The spring programme includes a 1-day Saturday course and 4-day courses split across two weekends. New this year is a summer museum exhibition visit. Courses will be convened online in the first half of the year with hybrid teaching (online and in person) starting on 5 July. Courses include hieroglyphs and Coptic, as well as ancient Egyptian, Middle Eastern, and Mesoamerican history, archaeology, and culture.

Our A Taste of Hieroglyphs (for beginners) 1-day course is back by popular demand, and can be followed up with Hieroglyphs for (almost) beginners), preparing students for the summer course Hieroglyphs: The next step. Coptic: A course for beginners will be held online in the spring again, thus preparing students to join the Reading Coptic course in the summer. These and our many other courses are intended for interested adults of all ages: lifelong learners, students wishing to broaden their studies. We also extend a warm welcome to sixth-formers / high schoolers considering further study in these subject areas.

Courses

Saturday 6 March
This is a 1-day spring course that will be held online only.

A TASTE OF Hieroglyphs (For beginners)  ** Fully Booked **

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Course Director: Dr Bill Manley (University of Glasgow)

Back by popular demand, Bill’s taster course can be followed up with Hieroglyphs for (almost) Beginners, preparing students for the summer course Hieroglyphs: The next step.

 

Saturday 13 to Sunday 14 and Saturday 20 to Sunday 21 March
This is a 4-day spring course split across two weekends that will be held online only.

Art and Archaeology of Mesoamerica in 100 Objects

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Course Director: Dr Elizabeth Baquedano (University College London)
Guest Lecturer: Dr Gabrielle Vail

Following on from her course on war, strife, and conquistadors, Elizabeth is back with an object-based course on Mesoamerican cultures.

 

Saturday 13 to Sunday 14 and Saturday 20 to Sunday 21 March
This is a 4-day spring course split across two weekends that will be held online only.

Hieroglyphs for (Almost) Beginners

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Course Director: Dr Bill Manley (University of Glasgow)

This course follows on from A Taste of Hieroglyphs (for beginners). Arguably the best course available in the UK, if you’re looking for an introduction to hieroglyphs.

 

Monday 12 to Friday 16 April
This is a 5-day summer course that will be held online only.

Coptic: A course for beginners

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Course Director: Dr Bill Manley (University of Glasgow)

Offered once again in the spring and following on from the success of Bill’s previous Coptic courses, BSS reprises his beginners Coptic course.

 

Monday 12 to Friday 16 April
This is a 5-day summer course that will be held online only.

Death and Divinity in Graeco-Roman Egypt

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Course Director: Dr Campbell Price (University of Manchester)

The feedback for Campbell’s BSS courses is always excellent. Take a deep dive into the rich diversity of funerary practices among elite Egyptians.

 

Monday 21 to Friday 25 June
This is a 5-day summer course that will be held online only.

Cleopatra’s Hieroglyphs: Reading Hieroglyphic Texts from the Ptolemaic and Roman Periods  ** Fully Booked **

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Course Director: Dr Luigi Prada (University of Uppsala)

We’re thrilled Luigi is joining us once again, this time to expand your hieroglyphic Egyptian with a course on later phase of the writing system – a course that you’ll be hard-pressed to find offered elsewhere, even at university level.

 

Monday 21 to Friday 25 June
This is a 5-day summer course that will be held online only.

Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

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Course Director: Ms Lucia Gahlin (University College London)

It is a pleasure to welcome back former BSS Co-Director, Lucia Gahlin, to deliver this introductory course on ancient Egypt from the perspective of its pantheon of fascinating deities – perfect for those new to the subject or looking for a refresher.

 

Monday 21 to Friday 25 June
This is a 5-day summer course that will be held online only.

Reading Coptic: Exemplary Lives

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Course Director: Dr Bill Manley (University of Glasgow)

Follow up your beginning Coptic course with this reading course specially prepared for BSS students. Let Bill take your learning to intermediate and advanced levels.

 

Monday 28 June to Friday 2 July
This is a 5-day summer course that will be held online only.

Hieroglyphs: The next step  ** Fully Booked **

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Course Director: Dr Bill Manley (University of Glasgow)

Build on your Hieroglyphs for (almost) beginners course with this second stage course that will firm up your grasp of this fascinating writing system and the language behind it.

 

Monday 28 June to Friday 2 July
This is a 5-day summer course that will be held online only.

The Royal Tombs of Ancient Egypt

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Course Director: Prof. Aidan Dodson (University of Bristol)

Making a much-anticipated return to BSS, Aidan will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the extraordinary world of royal burial architecture.

 

Monday 5 to Friday 9 July
This is a 5-day summer course that will be held online only.

Love Spells, Oracles, Amulets: Ancient Egyptian Rituals of Magic and Divination

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Course Director: Dr Franziska Naether (University of Leipzig)

Let yourself be spellbound and enchanted by Franziska’s mind-expanding course on ancient Egyptian magic.

 

Monday 5 to Friday 9 July
This is a 5-day summer course that will be held online only.

Reading Hieroglyphs: Spirits in context

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Course Co-Directors: Dr José Ramón Pérez-Accino (Complutense University of Madrid) and Dr Bill Manley (University of Glasgow)

If you’re looking to improve your hieroglyphs and explore a fascinating series of texts (prepared especially for this course), you’ve come to the right place.

 

Monday 12 to Friday 16 July
This is a 5-day summer course that will be held online only.

Ancient Persia: New perspectives

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Course Director: Prof. Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (University of Cardiff)
Guest lecturer: Mr Jack Neighbour (University of Cardiff).

The feedback for Lloyd’s BSS courses is always brilliant, so we’re very happy he has agreed to return this year to explore Ancient Persia with us.

 

Monday 12 to Friday 16 July
This is a 5-day summer course that will be held online only.

Stone Tools and Technologies in Ancient Egypt – postponed until 2022

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Course Co-Directors: Dr Sarah Doherty (University of Oxford) and Mr Matt Szafran (Independent)

Join newcomers Sarah and Matt for an in-depth exploration of the fascinating world of ancient Egyptians stone working technologies.

 

Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 July
This is a 3-day summer course that will be held online only.

The Great Civilisations of the Nile Valley: The land and its people

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Course Co-Directors: Dr Iwona Kozieradzka-Ogunmakin and Dr Lidija McKnight (both University of Manchester)
Guest Lecturer: Dr Sarah Doherty (University of Oxford)

After the success of their study day last year on new technologies for studying ancient remains, and Iwona and Lidija are back to teach this new short course.

 

Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 July
This is a 3-day summer coursethat will be held online only.

The Lord of All: The multifaceted nature of Pharaoh

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Course Director: Dr José Ramón Pérez-Accino (Complutense University of Madrid)

Journey with BSS favourite, José Ramón, through the artistic, literary, and archaeological sources to discover the different faces of the Egyptian pharaoh.

 

Exhibition visit

'Epic Iran'  ** Fully Booked **

Friday 3 September
This is a morning or afternoon exhibition visit that will be held in person only.

At the Victoria and Albert Museum with Dr Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (University of Cardiff)

Don’t miss this chance for a unique and personalised tour with Lloyd, as you explore 5000 years of art, design, and culture.

 

Study Days

Saturday 26 June
This study day will be held online only.

Embodied Forms: Non-royal statuary in the late period

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Speaker: Dr Campbell Price (University of Manchester)

 

Saturday 4 September
This study day can be attended either online or in person.

Recent discoveries in the Royal Cache Wadi on Luxor's west bank

Speaker: Dr José Ramón Pérez-Accino (Complutense University of Madrid)

 

 

BSS in Egypt

Autumn dates TBC

A new course taught at Tell el-Amarna and el-Minya

Course Director: Prof. Barry Kemp (University of Cambridge)

We are aiming to run this course in the autumn but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the dates remain uncertain. Those who have already paid a deposit will be contacted via email or telephone. Those interested in taking this course should email us with expressions of interest: bloomsbury@egyptology-uk.com