9677001 Ancient Egyptian and Coptic

Numbering Code U-LET49 29677 LJ48 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type lecture
Target Year Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Thu.4
Instructor name MIYAGAWA SO (Graduate School of Letters Assistant Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course We will study the grammars of various variants of Egyptian, which has more than 5,000 years of written records, and analyze various events treated in historical linguistics, such as grammaticalization, lexicalization, and phonological changes. We will also learn about the history, religions, and cultures of ancient Egypt and Coptic.
Course Goals By using the knowledge of Middle Egyptian and Coptic learned in the "Ancient Egyptian and Coptic" course of the last semester, students will be able to acquire grammatical knowledge of other ancient Egyptian variants, i.e., Old Egyptian, New Egyptian, and Demotic Egyptian, and analyze the historical changes in the Egyptian language more deeply.
Schedule and Contents Using the knowledge of Middle Egyptian and Coptic learned in "Ancient Egyptian and Coptic (Elementary)", we will study Old Egyptian, Late Egyptian, and Demotic Egyptian.

Old Egyptian was mainly used from the 27th century B.C. to the 21st century B.C. The largest corpus is the Pyramid Texts, which are inscribed in hieroglyphs inside the pyramids of the kings and queens of the 5th, 6th and 8th dynasties. The Old Egyptian language is similar to the Middle Egyptian language, but there are many differences.

Late Egyptian was a written form of a colloquial variant of the language used from the 14th century B.C. to the 4th century B.C. and developed especially in the 19th and 20th dynasties of the New Kingdom. The grammar of Late Egyptian is closer to Coptic, while retaining elements of Middle Egyptian. The genres of texts include narrative, love poetry, and religious poetry.

Demotic Egyptian was used from the 8th century B.C. to the 5th century A.D. and was written in the Demotic script. It is believed to have reflected the colloquial language of the time to some extent, and its grammar is very similar to Coptic. The language written in the middle part of the Rosetta Stone is also Demotic Egyptian, and there are various documents such as stories, wisdom literature, court records, daily notes and letters.

1. Grammar of Old Egyptian (1)
2. Grammar of Old Egyptian (2)
3. Grammar of the Old Egyptian language (3)
4. Reading the Pyramid Texts in Old Egyptian (1)
5. Reading of the Pyramid Texts in Old Egyptian (2)
6. Late Egyptian Grammar (1)
7. Late Egyptian Grammar (2)
8. Late Egyptian Grammar (3)
9. Reading "The Cursed Prince" in Late Egyptian (1)
10. Reading "The Cursed Prince" in Late Egyptian (2)
11. Writing and Grammar of Demotic Egyptian (1)
12. Writing and Grammar of Demotic Egyptian Script (2)
13. Writing and Grammar of Demotic Egyptian Scripts (3)
14. Reading "The Story of Setne Kaemwaset" in Demotic Egyptian (1)
15. Reading "The Story of Setne Kaemwaset" in Demotic Egyptian (2)
Evaluation Methods and Policy Ordinary points (contribution to class, exercises, assignments, etc.) 60%, final report 40%.
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Exercises and assignments will be given for preparation and review.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Instructed during class
References, etc. Instructed during class
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