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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 courses 2017 – recommended reading

Coptic: the next step

This course is based on handouts specially prepared for BSS. However, if you have copies of any of these books, you may find it helpful to bring them along to classes with you:

Cannuyer, C. (2001) Coptic Egypt. The Christians of the Nile. Thames & Hudson.
Smith, R. (1993) A Concise Coptic-English Lexicon. Scholars Press, Atlanta.
Ward, B. (2003) The Desert Fathers. Sayings of the Early Christian Monks. Penguin Classics.

 

Prepared for Eternity: ancient Egyptian mummies, ritual and representation

Day, J. (2006) The Mummy's Curse: Mummymania in the English-speaking World. Routledge.
Dodson, A. and Ikram, S. (2004) The Mummy in Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson.
Harrington, N. (2012) Living with the Dead. Ancestor Worship and Mortuary Ritual in Ancient Egypt. Oxbow.
Ikram, S. et al (eds.) (2014) Egyptian Bioarchaeology: humans, animals, and the environment. Sidestone.
Taylor, J. (2001) Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt. British Museum Press.

 

Hieroglyphs: the next step

It is essential that students attending this course bring along a copy of the course book to each class:

Collier, M. &  Manley, B. (ideally 2003 revised edition, but earlier edition fine) How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs. British Museum Press.

If you have copies of either of these books, you may find it helpful to bring them along with you:

Faulkner, R. O. (1962) A Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian. Griffith Institute.
Manley, B. (2012) Egyptian Hieroglyphs For Complete Beginners. Thames & Hudson.

 

Reading Hieroglyphs: classic literature with a taste of hieratic

This course is based on handouts specially prepared for BSS. However, if you have copies of any of these books, you may find it helpful to bring them along to classes with you:

Allen, J. P. (2000) Middle Egyptian. Cambridge University Press.
Collier, M. & Manley, B. (2003) How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs. Revised Edition (or earlier edition is fine). British Museum Press.
Faulkner, R. O. (1962) A Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian. Griffith Institute.

 

The Ancient Near East in 100 Objects

Bienkowski, P. & Milard, A. (eds.) (2000) Dictionary of the Ancient Near East. British Museum Press.
Bourke, S. (2008) The Middle East. The Cradle of Civilization Revealed. Thames & Hudson.
Crawford, H. (ed.) (2013) The Sumerian World. Routledge,
Leick, G. (ed.) (2007) The Babylonian World. Routledge.
Potts, T. and Roaf, M. (eds.) (2003) Culture Through Objects: Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Honour of P.R.S. Moorey. Griffith Institute.
Routledge, B. (2015) Archaeology and State Theory: Subjects and Objects of Power. Bloomsbury.

 

The Subtle Science: magic in ancient Egypt

Ritner, R. (1993) The Mechanics of Ancient Egyptian Magical Practice, SAOC 54. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Free PDF download
Borghouts, J.F. (1978) Ancient Egyptian Magical Texts. Leiden: Brill. Free PDF download
Ghalioungui, P. (1973) The House of Life: Magic & Medical Science in Ancient Egypt. BM Israel.
Szpakowska. K. (ed.) (2006) Through a Glass Darkly: Magic, Dreams and Prophecy in Ancient Egypt. Esp. chapters by A.B. Lloyd & J.Baines. Classical Press of Wales.

 

Technologies of Ancient Egyptian Writing

Assmann, J. (1994) ‘Ancient Egypt and the Materiality of the Sign’ In Gumbrecht, H.U. and Pfeiffer, K.L. (eds.) Materialities of Communication. Stanford University Press, 15-31. Free PDF download
Bülow-Jacobsen, A. (2009) ‘Writing Materials in the Ancient World’ in Bagnall, R. S. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology. Oxford University Press, 4–29. Free PDF download
Leach, B. (2009) ‘Papyrus Manufacture’ UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology, 1(1). UCLA: Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Download free from escholarship.org
Pinarello, M.S. (2015) An Archaeological Discussion of Writing Practice: Deconstruction of the Ancient Egyptian Scribe. Golden House Publications.
Piquette, K.E., and Whitehouse, R.D. (eds) (2013) Writing as Material Practice: substance, surface and medium. Ubiquity Press. Esp. Piquette and Whitehouse (1–13), Kidd (239–252), and Piquette (213 –238). Download free from ubiquitypress.com

 

Underwater Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean shipwrecks, sunken cities, drowned landscapes and the ancient world

Bass, G. (2005) Beneath the Seven Seas. Thames & Hudson.
Casson, L. (1991) The Ancient Mariners: Seafarers and Sea Fighters of the Mediterranean in Ancient Times. Princeton University Press.
Frost, H. (1963) Under the Mediterranean. Honor Frost Foundation. Free download available at: Download free from honorfrostfoundation.org