Teaching

Studying Egyptology in Pisa

The University of Pisa offers the largest learning program in Egyptology in Italy. The university courses are organized as lectures, seminars and workshops. Their aim is the education, both basic and specialized, in the field of history, culture, language, writings and archeology of ancient Egypt.
The educational path begins with the courses in the Bachelor’s degree in “Lettere” (Literature) and “Scienze dei Beni Culturali” (Cultural Heritage) and continues with those in the specialized Master’s degree in “Orientalistica: Egitto, Vicino e Medio Oriente” (Oriental Studies: Egypt, Near and Middle East).
The educational workshops, the training courses at museums and “Sovrintendenze” (regional boards of the ministry of cultural heritage and environmental conservation) and the archaeological excavations in Egypt allow a practical approach to the subject. Summer schools on specific topics are periodically organized and offer further training opportunities for more advanced theoretical and methodological skills.
In addition, it is possible to pursue one’s own research interests in Egyptology via the PhD opportunities which are assigned through competition.

Studying Egyptology in BA degree

Egyptology

36 ore – 6 ECTS, 1st Semester
Teacher: Prof. Marilina Betrò

The Egyptology class is included in the curriculum “Antico” of the degree in “Lettere” and in the curriculum “Archeologico” of the degree in “Scienze dei Beni Culturali”. It provides the basic elements of history and culture of ancient Egypt and the methodological tools that allow a critical approach to the subject.

Egyptian Archaeology

36 ore – 6 ECTS,  2nd Semester
Teacher: prof. Gianluca Miniaci

The teaching of “Egyptian Archaeology” held by prof. Miniaci is included in the archaeological curriculum of the three-year degree in ” Scienze dei Beni Culturali “. The course focuses on the study of the history of Egyptian archeology, of the monuments and material culture of ancient Egypt. Those enrolled in the master’s degree in “Archeologia” can follow the course held in the first semester by Prof. Silvano (see below).

Culture and Materials of ancient Egypt

36 ore – 6 ECTS,  2nd Semester
Teacher: prof. Flora Silvano

The teaching of “Culture and materials of ancient Egypt” is foreseen within the three-year degree of “Scienze dei Beni Culturali”. At the end of the course, the student will have acquired knowledge about particular practices and artefacts from the funerary and cultural sphere of Pharaonic Egypt. In particular, the following topics will be addressed: the evolution of the body conservation process from the Old Kingdom to the Late Period; the typological evolution of internal and external sarcophagi from the Old Kingdom to the Late Period; the typological evolution of canopic jars and canopic cassettes from the Old Kingdom to the Late Period.

Studying Egyptology in MA degree

Egyptology (advanced)

36 hours – 6 ECTS
Teacher: Prof. Marilina Betrò

The Egyptology (advanced) class is included in the degree of “Orientalistica: Egitto, Vicino e Medio Oriente”. Through a monographic theme, it provides an advanced knowledge of linguistic, historical and cultural aspects of certain periods of ancient Egyptian, relating sources of different kinds to each other. The class tackles the most recent scientific-methodological issue concerning specific themes in Egyptology, from the interpretation of texts to archaeological and historical debates

Egyptian Language

36 hours – 6 ECTS, 1st Semester
Teacher: prof. Gianluca Miniaci

The Egyptian Language class is included in the degree of “Orientalistica: Egitto, Vicino e Medio Oriente”. It provides the basics to read, understand and analyze hieroglyphic texts in classical Egyptian (Middle Egyptian) through the study of the most common hieroglyphs, the main grammatical structures and the learning of basic tools.

Egyptian Archaeology

36 hours – 6 ECTS,  1st Semester
Teacher: prof. Flora Silvano

The teaching of “Egyptian Archaeology” taught by Prof. Silvano is provided only for the master’s degree in “Archeologia”. Those enrolled in the three-year degree in “Cultural Heritage Sciences”, on the other hand, can follow that of prof. Miniaci in the second half (see above). At the end of the course, the student will be able to acquire advanced knowledge regarding the art and archaeology of ancient Egypt, with particular reference to the essential lines of development of funerary and templar architecture from the protodynastic period (c. 3000 BC) until the conquest of Alexander the Great in 332 BC.

Egyptian Philology

36 hours – 6 ECTS,  2nd Semester
Teacher: prof. Marilina Betrò

The Egyptian Philology class is included in the degree of “Orientalistica: Egitto, Vicino e Medio Oriente”. It offers a monographic theme approached through the analysis of complex textual sources (study and reading of ancient Egyptian texts) inserted in their cultural, historical and political context, in order to allow a detailed study of specific problems concerning the history of ancient Egypt.

Egyptian Archaeology Workshop

36 hours – 6 ECTS
Teacher:

The Egyptian Archaeology Workshop class is included in the degree of “Orientalistica: Egitto, Vicino e Medio Oriente”. The class aims to study particular types of materials from funerary and cultural context, in Pharaonic and Greek-Roman Egypt.

Social History and Material Culture of Ancient Egypt

36 hours – 6 ECTS, 2nd Semester
Teacher: prof. Gianluca Miniaci

The teaching of “Social history and material culture of ancient Egypt” is foreseen within the master’s degree of ” Orientalistica: Egitto, Vicino e Medio Oriente “. The aim of the course is to create in students an in-depth ability to discuss problems inherent in the social history of ancient Egypt and the practical aspects related to the material culture of Ancient Egypt. Students will be able to independently integrate archaeological, iconographic and textual sources.

Egyptian Epigraphy

36 hours – 6 ECTS
Teacher: prof. Marilina Betrò

The Egyptian Epigraphy class is included in the degree of “Orientalistica: Egitto, Vicino e Medio Oriente”. It aims to study hieroglyphic epigraphic texts directly on the original monuments and the rudiments of the epigraphic relief are also provided. During the class there will be a series of lectures off-site at the Egyptian Museum in Florence, followed by classroom discussions on the epigraphic and archaeological issues presented by the selected objects.

Demotic Language and Literature

36 hours – 6 ECTS, 2nd Semester
Teacher: prof. Marilina Betrò

The “Demotic language and literature” class is included in the degree of “Orientalistica: Egitto, Vicino e Medio Oriente”. This class gives the basic elements of Demotic writing and grammar and enables students to read, translate and analyze simple Demotic texts.

Hieratic

36 hours – 6 ECTS, 2nd Semester
Teacher: Dr Susanne Toepfer (curator at Museo Egizio in Turin)

The teaching of “Hieratic” is foreseen within the master’s degree in ” Orientalistica: Egitto, Vicino e Medio Oriente “. The course teaches the basic elements of hieratic writing and enables you to read, translate and analyze simple hieratic texts.

Coptic Language and Literature

36 hours – 6 ECTS

This class gives the basic elements of Coptic writing and grammar and enables students to read, translate and analyze simple Coptic texts.

Stages

In the study plan of some degree courses, the entry “Stage e Tirocini” includes periods of training experience at various institutions (e.g. museums, libraries, archives, publishing houses, etc.) or participation in archaeological excavations. In Egyptology it is possible to carry out such stages in some Italian museums which have agreements with the University of Pisa (e.g. Egyptian Museum in Florence, Egyptian Museum in Turin, etc.). If circumstances permit, the students of Oriental Studies can take an active part in the archaeological excavations in Egypt: at the moment the one in Dra Abu el-Naga – Luxor, directed by Prof. Marilina Betrò, and the one in Zawyet Sultan / Zawyet el-Maiyitin (Middle Egypt) directed by Dr. Gianluca Miniaci.

The stage hours to be carried out depend on the number of course credits to be obtained (3 or 6 CFU)

Summer Schools

International Summer Schools and intensive courses on specific Egyptological themes are organized at the University of Pisa, in collaboration with institutions and external teachers, in order to develop new knowledge and promote internationalization.

Summer school 2019 “Egyptologists as museum curators: an immersive training” (in collaboration with the Museo Egizio in Turin)

Summer school 2019 “Reading Middle Egyptian Hieratic”

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