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EDX course on The Journey of Writing and Scripts in Egypt

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posted on Jan, 3 2017 @ 09:48 AM
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EDX offers over 900 online courses by accredited universities (I would count these as "fun ed" courses; no papers or tests involved), including Harvard, MIT, University of Queensland, and many other international universities) - and many of them are free. They do offer certificates for your courses (a fee of $25) and offer "micro-degrees" as well.

Since it's free (and starting soon) this might be of interest to some of you:


About this course

In this history course, you will learn about the diversity and multilingualism that existed in Egypt, and how it had a bearing on the history of the country and its people.

Through the introduction of new languages, Egyptians learned to interact with scripts, cultures and peoples.

The plurality of languages and writing that Egypt witnessed along its history, gave rise to one of the most cosmopolitan melting pots in the ancient world. And although the peak of Egyptian multilingualism was in the Ptolemaic period [323-30 BCE], the country witnessed, in the pre-Ptolemaic period, the appearance of different foreign languages in official and public spheres.


You can sign up here (or just read the syllabus if you like)

The teachers are lecturers and researchers from the new Library of Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt.
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posted on Jan, 3 2017 @ 09:56 AM
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...and if you'd rather read instead, try this book (if you read carefully you will see a link at the bottom where you can download an electronic copy for free) - be warned that this is intended as a textbook and is not light reading.

...and introductory textbook, mind you. This isn't even the advanced stuff.
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posted on Jan, 3 2017 @ 10:01 AM
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Cool. Looks like I'm going to be studying a lot in 2017.



posted on Jan, 3 2017 @ 10:21 AM
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a reply to: Byrd

Thank you for the information Byrd! I'll download the book for sure, all 700 pages of it!!
That will give me something to read in between the modules I'm already studying!

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posted on Jan, 4 2017 @ 08:43 AM
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I'm taking a few courses there and I'm very satisfied. Great opportunity for self developing at your own pace.



posted on Jan, 4 2017 @ 10:22 AM
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it covers everything... from syriac to avestan... - but *no* hieroglyphs

- the reason is simple :
Canaan cannot forbid that one would investigate those... but he cán just simply "not offer it in his teaching packet"... which is exact what he does

worse
last evening i choked and hurt me in this one,
www.breakingisraelnews.com...

^^^ attack from Canaan to *inverse* the truth



posted on Jan, 4 2017 @ 10:54 AM
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originally posted by: loNeNLI
a reply to: Byrd

it covers everything... from syriac to avestan... - but *no* hieroglyphs


Au contraire - look at the course syllabus



Unit One: Introduction
Lesson One: General Overview
Lesson Two: Early Inscriptions and Writings in Ancient Egypt
Lesson Three: What is Hieroglyphic?
Lesson Four: The Development of Ancient Egyptian Language
Unit Two: Forms and Different Types of Writing in Ancient Egypt
Lesson One: Hieratic
Lesson Two: Demotic
Lesson Three: Coptic
Lesson Four: Cuneiform
Lesson Five: Protosinaitic

All of lesson three, plus four and then Hieratic and Demotic (which were "hieroglyphs for papyrus" - similar to our longhand as opposed to printing.

This isn't a course in hieroglyphs. For that, you'd use the Yahoo groups instead.



posted on Jan, 4 2017 @ 12:22 PM
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originally posted by: Byrd

originally posted by: loNeNLI
a reply to: Byrd

it covers everything... from syriac to avestan... - but *no* hieroglyphs


Au contraire - look at the course syllabus



Unit One: Introduction
Lesson One: General Overview
Lesson Two: Early Inscriptions and Writings in Ancient Egypt
Lesson Three: What is Hieroglyphic?
Lesson Four: The Development of Ancient Egyptian Language
Unit Two: Forms and Different Types of Writing in Ancient Egypt
Lesson One: Hieratic
Lesson Two: Demotic
Lesson Three: Coptic
Lesson Four: Cuneiform
Lesson Five: Protosinaitic

All of lesson three, plus four and then Hieratic and Demotic (which were "hieroglyphs for papyrus" - similar to our longhand as opposed to printing.

This isn't a course in hieroglyphs. For that, you'd use the Yahoo groups instead.


- i stand corrected ;
the link in OP brought to some German university ;
this EDX i obviously missed

but eventhen
they will "instruct you" to "read from left-to-right" .....



posted on Jan, 4 2017 @ 05:40 PM
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originally posted by: loNeNLI
but eventhen
they will "instruct you" to "read from left-to-right" .....


No, because that means you couldn't read about half the material. As you can see on this scarab of Amenhotep iii, the writing is clearly right to left

The photo, by the way, isn't reversed. I saw this piece in the museum today. In face, most of his scarabs are written right to left.

And here you have both right to left and left to right inscriptions

So they're not going to teach "left to right" because that would be wrong. They teach "read in the direction that the signs point."



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