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AHIS1150 – Hieroglyphic Egyptian A

2020 – Session 1, Fully online/virtual

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Lecturer and Tutor
Dr Susanne Binder
Contact via email or phone (02 9850 6881)
Australian Hearing Hub, Level 2, north wing
by arrangement
A/Prof Boyo Ockinga
Contact via email or phone (02 9850 8852)
Australian Hearing Hub, Level 2, south wing
by arrangement
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Unit description Unit description
This unit introduces students to Middle Egyptian, the classical language of Ancient Egypt. This was the language of the Middle Kingdom and the early New Kingdom but it remained in use in religious and literary texts as long as the Egyptian civilisation survived. The understanding of Middle Egyptian is essential to earlier and later stages of this language.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Recognize, memorize and recall Egyptian script, phonetic structures and foundational Egyptian vocabulary
  • ULO2: Identify and recall Egyptian grammatical structures at elementary level
  • ULO3: Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Egyptian texts
  • ULO4: Apply relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools
  • ULO5: Recall and apply linguistic metalanguage
  • ULO6: Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in translating, reading and/or writing simple Egyptian texts
  • ULO7: Reflect and comment on the significance of hieroglyphic Egyptian for the study of relevant ancient cultures

Assessment Tasks

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Delivery and Resources

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This unit is taught in lectorial mode, where the lecture and the exercises (conventional tutorial) are integrated in the 3-hour block (on Wednesdays) with an additional 1-hour tutorial (on Fridays) for additional exercises and practice.

TIME and PLACE: for details see Timetables 2020: https://timetables.mq.edu.au/2020/Reports/List.aspx The classes begin on Wednesday February 26, 2020. It is important that students arrive on time to have the full benefit of the class.

The classes are recorded and made available through ECHO360.on iLearn, as are the relevant study materials: https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/ . Students are required to work with iLearn regularly. For the students enrolled in external mode, the materials will be made accessIble as soon as possible after the campus class on Wednesdays. External students are required to work through the Echo-recordings and the accompanying exercises and practice material as directed.  


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Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient.

For students attending classes on campus we strongly encourage that you bring along your own laptop computer, ready to work with activities in your unit. The preferred operating system is Windows 10. Students are required to access the online unit in iLearn by the end of Week 1 and follow any relevant instructions and links for downloads that may be required.

Please contact your course convenor before the end of Week 1 if you do not have a suitable laptop (or tablet) for in-class use.


In this unit we will be working with

  • Boyo G. Ockinga, A Concise Grammar of Middle Egyptian, 3rd edition, (Mainz am Rhein, 2012).

The various sections of this book contain all the materials you will need to successfully study Hieroglyphic Egyptian in AHIS1150 (Grammar, Vocabulary, Exercises, Reading Exercises, Sign List, Indices). It is also the essential reference work for the other language units taught: AHIS2150 and AHIS3150 (Hieroglyphic Egyptian B and C), and beyond.

This textbook will be available for purchase in class in Week 1, or through the Australian Centre for Egyptology, 28 Wallys Walk (X5B), Level 3, Museum of Ancient Cultures, +61 (0)2 9850 8848 or egypt@mq.edu.au .

Unit Schedule

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Unit Schedule AHIS 1150 Hieroglyphic Egyptian A




Due dates


Introduction Principles of the script: the Egyptian alphabet, phonograms, logograms, determinatives and the principles of transliteration




Revision and consolidation: principles of the script Nouns (1): masculine, feminine, singular, plural, dual

§§1-13 §§14-17



Nouns (2): direct and indirect genitive, coordination


Vocab Test 1


Nouns and adjectives – Pronouns (1)


§§22-25 §§26-34

Vocab Test 2


Pronouns (2) Particles, numerals, dates and miscellaneous

§§26-34 §§37-41



Non-verbal sentences (1): Adverbial sentences


Assignment 1


Non-verbal sentences (2) : Nominal sentences


Vocab Test 3


Non-verbal sentences (3): Adjectival sentences


Revision Test


The Verb: "Present" sḏm⸗f and its nuances of meaning     


Vocab Test 4


The Verb: "Past" sḏm.n⸗f and other forms


Vocab Test 5


The Verb: "Future" / Prospective and Subjunctive


Assignment 2


Passive Voice and Revision




Final Test


Final Test

  NOTE: A more detailed Unit Schedule with the due dates for Assignments is available on the iLearn site for this unit.    

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