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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.

Summer School 2019 – programme at a glance

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In 2019 we are offering nine intensive 5-day summer courses in Hieroglyphs, Coptic, and Ancient Egyptian, Asssyrian, and Mesoamerican history, archaeology and culture. They are intended for interested adults of all ages: lifelong learners, students wishing to broaden their studies, and sixth-formers perhaps considering further study in these subject areas.


Monday 24 – Friday 28 June

Coptic for Beginners

Course Director: Dr Bill Manley

Following on from the success of Bill’s recent Coptic courses for us, BSS reprises his Beginners Coptic course.


Monday 1 – Friday 5 July

Reading Coptic

Course Director: Dr Bill Manley

A brand new reading Coptic course for BSS this year, that can be taken at either an advanced or intermediate level.


Monday 1 – Friday 5 July

Ancient Egypt Rediscovered: New methods and techniques in Egyptology

Course Directors: Dr Lidija McKnight and Dr Iwona Kozieradzka-Ogunmakin

After the success of their course on Saqqara last year for BSS, Lidija and Iwona are back by popular demand to teach a new course for us.

** Fully booked **


Monday 8 – Friday 12 July

Hieroglyphs: The next step

Course Directors: Dr Bill Manley and Dr José R. Pérez-Accino

If you’re looking to improve your hieroglyphs, you’ve come to the right place.


Monday 8 July – Friday 12 July

Reading Hieroglyphs: Praise and betrayal

Course Directors: Dr Bill Manley and Dr José R. Pérez-Accino

Hone your hieroglyphs skills and find out more about the assassination of a pharaoh.

** Fully booked **


Monday 15 July – Friday 19 July

Ancient Egypt in 100 People

Course Director: Dr Campbell Price

Following on from his course for BSS last year on Ancient Egypt in 100 Objects, BSS favourite Campbell is back with another 100.

** Fully booked **


Monday 15 July – Friday 19 July

War, Strife and Conquistadors: Mesoamerica in the postclassic period

Course Director: Dr Elizabeth Baquedano

Following on from her course last year introducing the history and culture of Mesoamerica to BSS, Elizabeth returns to focus on the Postclassic Period (AD 900 – 1521).

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Monday 22 July – Friday 26 July

Ancient Assyria: Power and idealogy

Course Director: Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

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 Assyria with us.

** Fully booked **


Monday 22 July – Friday 26 July

Ancient Egyptian Literature in context: A voyage through history, culture and religion

Course Director: Dr Luigi Prada

Last year was Luigi’s first course for us. It was a great success, so we are sure his course on Ancient Egyptian literature will be just as fascinating.