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Course: “Egyptology: an Introduction”

Lecturer: Nenad Marković, PhD candidate at the Czech Institute of Egyptology in Prague (FF UK)

Course coordinator: Emilia Epštajn, MAA curator

Since the fifth century BC and Herodotus – the Greek storyteller considered the father of modern history – Egypt was claimed to be the gift of the Nile. Although interest in Ancient Egypt in various forms existed even before Herodotus' time, modern Egyptology was established as a separate scientific discipline in 1822 after the publication of the first comprehensive grammar of ancient Egyptian written by Jean-Francois Champollion. It was thanks to the great French philologist and Orientalist that it was possible to decipher numerous surviving inscriptions and pave the way for scholarly research of Egypt’s past. The basis of modern Egyptology are philology, archaeology, history and art history, therefore many researchers across the world today are predominantly specialized within one or two of the disciplines, often even additional related fields. Therefore it is the key aim of this course to introduce the basic postulates of the disciplines which are the basis for the historical study of ancient Egypt.

Egypt is one of the cradles of modern civilization and its direct influence on the later Greco-Roman world is immeasurable. The historical continuity of the Egyptian civilization can be traced from about 3600 BC until 400 AD, while the ancient Egyptian language in all its phases is one of the oldest testified uses of language in the world. Many of the achievements of the Egyptian civilization is actually still in use, today; explaining how and in what ways will be one an important aspect on which the course will focus.

The course aims at covering and explaining key concepts, historical periods, persons, important findings, the main courses of research, schools of thought globally, as well as the basic components of the ancient Egyptian language. The introductory course to Egyptology’ primary aim is to bring closer Egyptology in a scientific and popular way, by combining lectures and practical work (exercises) to the widest public.

Nеnаd Маrkоvić has a BA in history from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade and is currently a PHD candidate at the Czech Institute of Egyptology in Prague (FF UK). He has held numerous lectures, worked on digital excavations, participated in ceramics workshops and participated in numerous summer schools and conferences internationally. His scientific interest is directed towards the cultural history of Ancient Egypt and the Near East, with special interest in iconography, epigraphy, paperology, perceptions and receptions of Egypt, etc.

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Saturday, 31 March, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Join our promotional lesson and find out more about the course, planned lesson structure and dynamics, as well as expected responsibilities of course participants. The aim of the open-to-all and free lesson is for you to get acquainted with the course lecturer, program organizer and the space in which the lessons will take place in the Museum.



Lesson 1
, 14 April, 2 p.m.

Lecture: The Origins of Egyptology – Napoleon, Champollion, Young & the Franco-British Race of Prestige
Practical work: Ancient Egyptian language (basic phases)

Lesson 2
, 21 April, 2 p.m.

Lecture: Egypt – the Gift of the Nile. The Land and Basic Concepts
Practical work: Hieroglyphics – An Introduction (1)



Lesson 3
, 5 May, 2 p.m.

Lecture: History I – from the Naqada Culture to the end of the New Kingdom (3400-1069 BC)
Practical work: Hieroglyphics – An Introduction (2)

Lesson 4
, 12 May, 2 p.m.

Lecture: History I – from the end of the New Empire to the fall of the Egyptian Civilization (1069 BC – 394 AD)
Practical work: Hieroglyphics – An Introduction (3)

Lesson 5
, 19 May, 2 p.m.

Lecture: The most Important Archaeological Findings in Egypt
Practical work: Hieroglyphics – An Introduction (4)

Lesson 6
, 26 May, 2 p.m.

Lecture: Museums and Valuable Artefacts. Icons of Ancient Egypt
Practical work: Hieroglyphics – An Introduction (5)



Lesson 7
, 2 June, 2 p.m.

Lecture: Personages I – Djoser, Keops, Kefren, Senusret I, Ahmose, Akhenaten, Tutankhamun
Practical work: Hieroglyphics – An Introduction (6)

Lesson 8
, 9 June, 2 p.m.

Lecture: Personages II – Ramesses II, Ramesses III, Psamtik I, Amasis, Cleopatra VII
Concluding thought and course certifications

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