This is a chance for you to study the ancient languages, literature and history of this region, including the scripts of Egypt and Iraq/Mesopotamia (Akkadian).
You will experience lectures on various topics from the undergraduate course such as poetry, folk tales, religion and economy. You will also have access to all museums and the Sackler and Bodleian libraries. You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of these languages or subjects before the course.
During the week you will have classes in both languages every morning. Reading texts – including poetry, folk-tales, liturgies, hymns, legal documents, and letters – makes these cultures come to life. Through such texts and their contexts we will explore areas from social structure and economy to religion and ideologies. These texts are also archaeological artefacts, so the study of Archaeology and material culture is vital. We will visit the Ashmolean Museum, which holds important collections of Egyptian and Iraqi antiquities.
These themes will be introduced to you in lectures and seminars, as well as in visits to libraries, archives, and museums. In this way we hope to give you a taste of the many fascinating aspects of a degree in Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Oxford.