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Egyptian Hieroglyphs

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Spring 2016
History of Art 98/198
1 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

Welcome to the Egyptian Hieroglyphs DeCal! In this DeCal, we will introduce you to the history and culture of Ancient Egypt through the lens of its mystical language – Hieroglyphs. Hieroglyphs is a magical combination of art and language. As a language, it tells us how the Ancient Egyptians communicate and think; as an art form, it shows us the world in Ancient Egyptians’ eyes and the stories of their lives. In this class, we will focus on the classical period of Egyptian language – the Middle Egyptian Hieroglyphs, a stage of language that has been used as written language for almost 2000 years. Here, you can learn to write (or maybe we should say, to draw) dozens of Egyptian glyphs and words, to learn the elementary Middle Egyptian grammar, and to appreciate the writings in the context of other Egyptian art forms such as on reliefs, sculptures, and minor arts. You will also have the opportunity to see how “Ancient Egyptian theme” and Egyptian Hieroglyphs are portrayed in modern media like movies, comics and television shows and make you think twice about authenticity. Our goal is for you to become comfortable dealing with hieroglyphs, to have a better understanding of Ancient Egypt, and to have a head start if you decide to take the official Middle Egyptian class that Berkeley offers (official language class is Egypt 100A, last taught by Professor Richter and most likely every other year).

This course will have weekly homework and quizzes, 1 – 2 midterms, and a short paper and casual presentation on an Egypt themed topic of your choice. Participation and attendance are both crucial to doing well. At this moment, there will be no required materials, however you may choose to purchase certain items if you want more in depth instruction.

  I hope that this DeCal will be a fun and rewarding experience for everyone. Let’s looking forward to a magical and fulfilling semester!

How to Enroll:

Class will be Thursdays, 6-7:30 in 83 Dwinelle. The start date is 1/28/16.

Please fill in this Google Questionnaire and be sure to attend the first class meeting (most important) if you want to take the class:

If you have any other particular reasons/experiences that make you want to take the class and they do not fit into the questionnaire, please email us at We would love to hear your story! 

You will be contacted prior to the first class meeting. You must be at the first class meeting (or email me explaining why you are absent) to receive the CCN and CEC code for enrollment. The actual enrollment procedure will vary with the amount of interest and combined with seating. I will accept as many people as possible whether you are Undergrads, Grads, or Alumni. If you have any questions, feel free to email!

Course Contact: EgyptianDecal AT

Faculty Sponsor: Anneka Lenssen

Time & Location:

DeCalChristine Laymon
2583 DWINELLETh 6p-7:30p1/28full

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: Egyptian Hieroglyphs DeCal Spring 2016 Syllabus 1-23-16.docxJan 2324kbWord Doc (Viewer)View Download

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