HÆGK00018U  Demotic

Volume 2017/2018

Master’s Programmes in Ancient and Medieval Near Eastern Studies, 2008


The course is structured as follows: firstly there is a short introduction to the main elements of Demotic grammar. Then we read the story of Khaemwase and Naneferkaptah. This is read in so-called Normalschrift from W. Erichsen, Demotische Lesestücke. Band I. Heft 1, Leipzig, 1937, pp. 1-40. The text is published by F. Ll. Griffith, Stories of the High Priests of Memphis, Oxford, 1900, and a translation can be found in M. Lichtheim, Ancient Egyptian Literature. Volume III: The Late Period, Berkeley, 1980, 125-138. Later texts to be read include extracts of other literary texts, didactic compositions and magical texts.

Learning Outcome

KA 2008-ordningen:
Demotic (fagelementkode HÆGK03361E)

J. Johnson, Thus Wrote Onchsheshonqy, 3rd ed., Chicago, The Oriental Institute, 2000 [downloadable for free from oi.uchicago.edu/​OI/​DEPT/​PUB/​SRC/​SAOC/​45/​SAOC45.html], and J. Johnson, The Demotic Verbal System, Chicago, The Oriental Institute, 1976.

Students have to be familiar with Middle Egyptian (equivalent to Middle Egyptian A, B and C); knowledge of Late Egyptian is an advantage but not a formal requirement.
Students are expected to have a basic reading knowledge of English, French and German.
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assesment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 384,5
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Total
  • 412,5