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James Hoch’s Middle Egyptian Grammar, starring The Rock.


On Thursdays from 8 AM-12 PM, the five undergraduates studying Egyptology at Johns Hopkins would gather in the Near Eastern Studies room—nicknamed “the Fish Bowl”—of Gilman Library’s basement for four rollicking hours of uninterrupted Middle Egyptian text reading. Presented here, in a fairly regular manner, will be some of my favorites from that class.


As a sophomore, I decided to enroll in Introduction to Middle Egyptian Hieroglyphs, a year-long, 600 level course that explored the grammar, morphology, and history of Dynasty XII and XIII Egyptian linguistics. However, at Johns Hopkins, the academic word on the street was to never take a course where the textbook looked like it had been assembled at Kinko’s. Chances were: Continue reading

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