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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.

2024 Course timetable

Sunday 21 January

A Taste of Demotic

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Course Director: Dr Luigi Prada (Uppsala University)


Sunday 21 January

09:45* – 10:00
Participants login to Google Meet*; BSS Director’s Welcome Address

10:00 – 11:15
1. Demotic as a Script and Language Phase of Ancient Egyptian + Focus: Writing the demotic ‘alphabet’

(For this session you will need pen—or pencil, or marker, or even a tablet! — and paper.)


11:45 – 13:00
2. Studying Demotic: The right tools for the job + Focus: Reading kings’, queens’, and gods’ names in demotic

Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:15
3. Graeco-Roman Egypt: An ancient multilingual world + Focus: Reading common words in demotic


15:45 – 17:00
4. Demotic Textual Culture: Literature and daily life texts + Focus: The real Deal—Demotic from up close on papyri, ostraca, and the Rosetta Stone


* All times are London UK time

Timetables, once published, are unlikely to change, but remain provisional until the first day of the course.