Ancient Egyptian Writings in Context:
from archaeology to hieratic and hieroglyphs

Course Aim

This 9-days intensive course of Middle Egyptian is designed to enable its participants to read in original script (hieratic and hieroglyphs) and understand both literary and documentary texts.

Language of the course

The course will be delivered in English.


The course will run from 7th July to 15th July 2014, and it includes one day in Florence (Egyptian Museum/Papyrological Institute), one day in Turin (Egyptian Museum).


The summer school is an intensive course with the aim to approach ancient Egyptian texts composed in Middle Egyptian (2000-1500 BC) from different and complementary perspectives.
The first objective of the school is to analyse written record starting from its archaeological context (material employed as support, its historical and meta-historical context, the actual moment of discovery). The school will equip students with the ability to read documents in their original script (hieratic and hieroglyphs) and will provide practice in decoding and interpreting ancient written records. The course has been designed in order to offer practical reading experience with original ancient objects in museums. The basics of epigraphy will be covered. By investigating different types of documents, participants will acquire self confidence in approaching autonomously ancient Egyptian writings in Middle Egyptian.

Target Audience

The course is open to EU (including University of Pisa students) and non-EU applicants. Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of Middle Egyptian (language and script). 


Participation to the course will provide 6 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) University Credits (equivalent to 6 CFU in Italian High Education), upon passing a final test covering the major topics.
Certificate of participation from the University of Pisa will be provided at the end of the course.