Egyptian philology is the science that deals with the material and spiritual legacies of ancient Egypt. The subject of Egyptology is the culture of Pharaonic Egypt. The course imparts basic knowledge of script, language and literary sources and further introduces into other areas such as Egyptian history, religion and cultural history. The geographical area is the lower Nile valley and its immediate surroundings. Surrounding areas, insofar as they were temporarily under Egyptian rule or in trade or cultural contacts with Egypt, are also important.

Chronologically, the interest of Egyptologists begins with the emergence of Neolithic settlements in Egypt from the 6th millennium BC. As well as increasingly from the onset of development towards a territorial state, which in the 4th millennium BC Takes its starting point. The temporal end of the research area is in the 6th century AD (closure of the temple of Philae as the last pagan temple in the Roman Empire under Justinian), whereby at least until the 2nd century AD there was extensive evidence in traditional Egyptian forms of writing and thought are present. For the earliest periods, cooperation with prehistoric archeology is important, for the later periods with ancient history, classical archeology and classical philology. Coptology, as an independent branch of science, deals with the evidence of the Christian culture of Egypt. As the youngest spoken form of the Egyptian language group, Coptic is also relevant for Egyptologists.

Program Structure

As a 30 CP module offer, Egyptian Philology is combined with a suitable 120 CP core subject or a 90 CP core subject and a further 30 CP module offer.

The course regulations regulate the structure and process of the course. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the module examination. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

Egyptian Philology as a 30 CP module offer

Basic module Introduction to Egyptian Script and Language (Middle Egyptian)
Extension module Reading module Older Egyptian A: Literary texts
Extension module Reading module Older Egyptian B: Religious texts
Extension module Reading module Older Egyptian C: Letters, economic and administrative texts
Extension module Reading module Older Egyptian D: Historical texts

Additional entry requirements

English (level B1 GER)

Career Prospects

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course. Since Egyptian Philology is studied as a module as part of a combined bachelor's degree, the chosen core subject usually shapes the professional qualification.

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