Bloomsbury Summer School (text)

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 – Timetables

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22 – 26 July 2019

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

Course Director: Dr Luigi Prada; Guest Lecturer: Dr Jennifer Cromwell


Monday 22 July

10:45 – 11:00
Participants assemble in BSS Common Room (Dept. of History, UCL)

11:00 – 11:30
BSS Co-Director’s Welcome Address

11:30 – 13:00
Introduction. What do we mean by “Ancient Egyptian Literature”, and what genres does it include? Why should we study it “in context”?

13:00 – 14:30
Welcome Lunch in BSS Common Room (G09/10)

Short optional tour of UCL led by Co-Director (meet in G09/10)

14:30 – 15:45
The Materiality, Languages, Scripts, and “Readers” of Ancient Egyptian Literature: how it survived to the present day and the work of modern scholars

16:15 – 17:30
The Beginnings: the Old Kingdom Pyramid Texts, funerary biographies, and teachings

Non-BSS event: get together with fellow students for a drink in local café/bar


Tuesday 23 July

10:00 – 11:15
The First Intermediate Period as the Dark Ages? Literature between reality and fiction

11:45 – 13:00
Egypt’s Literary Golden Age: two classics from the Middle Kingdom, Sinuhe and the Shipwrecked Sailor

14:15 – 15:30
Royal Authority, Justice, and Existential Malaise: Middle Kingdom royal discourse, dialogues, and instruction texts

16:00 – 17:15
From the Middle Kingdom to the Second Intermediate Period: religion, royalty, and historical fiction as entertainment

17:15 – 18:30
Reception in the Petrie Museum (you are welcome to invite guests)


Wednesday 24 July

10:00 – 11:15
Group A: Special access to objects in the Petrie Museum
Group B: independent study

11:45 – 13:00
Group B: Special access to objects in the Petrie Museum
Group A: independent study

14:15 – 15:30
Between Politics and Religion: New Kingdom private and royal sources as literature

16:00 – 17:15
Late Egyptian Narratives, Folklore, Scribal Identity, and Love Poetry

Non-BSS event: get together with fellow students for dinner in local restaurant


Thursday 25 July

10:00 – 11:15
British Museum Galleries Visit

11:45 – 13:00
From the New Kingdom to the Third Intermediate Period: religion, historical narratives, and the king

14:15 – 15:30
The Late Period: where to look for “literature”?

16:00 – 17:15
Egyptian Literature in Ptolemaic and Roman Times: biographies, pseudepigrapha, instructions, and narratives


Friday 26 July

10:00 – 11:15
A Multicultural Literature for a Multicultural Country: the last of Egyptian literature and Graeco-Egyptian literature

11:45 – 13:00
Technical/Scientific Literature across the Centuries: divination as a case-study

14:15 – 15:30
Beyond the Pharaohs: a taster of Coptic literature (Jennifer Cromwell)

16:00 – 17:15
Conclusion, Discussion, and Q/A: how to continue your own exploration of Egyptian literature

17:15 – 19:00
Farewell Drinks Party



This timetable is unlikely to change, but remains provisional until the first day of the course