MALS 2019 Summer Week Program

This Summer Week we are offering courses in Ancient Greek, Biblical and Patristic Greek, Hieroglyphic Egyptian, Coptic, Hebrew, and Akkadian, as well as two extra courses in Hittite and Australian Aboriginal Languages.

All courses run Monday to Friday 9.30am–4.30pm (9am start on Monday for allocation of classes) and are held on the Macquarie University Campus. There are some changes to the timetable and transport options this Summer Week, so please have a look at our FAQs and email us directly with any questions: mals@mq.edu.au

Browse the course descriptions below and check out the FAQs for information about timetabling, textbook suppliers, transport, and enrolment.

Once you have picked a course enrol through our Eventbrite page.

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Ancient Greek

Beginners

Tutor: Paul Reisner

Suitable for students with no experience of the language.

This course introduces students to the Greek script and provides the fundamental grammar and vocabulary of the Attic dialect, used by such famous writers as Thucydides, Sophocles, and Plato. We use Chs. 1–4 of Luschnig’s Introduction as a framework for study.

Textbook: C. A. E. Luschnig, An Introduction to Ancient Greek: A Literary Approach, 2nd edn (Hackett: Indianapolis & Cambridge, 2007). For textbook suppliers see our FAQs.

Course Fee: $245 (full rate), $175 (concession). Enrol before 3 December for the $20 early bird discount.

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Ancient Greek

Experienced Beginners

Tutor: Katarina Cipuseva

Suitable for students who have completed a MALS Ancient Greek Beginners course or 1 unit of university-level Ancient Greek (contact mals@mq.edu.au if you require further advice).

This course provides an overview of grammar taught in the beginners-level course, follow-on treatment of grammar, and some guided readings. After revision of Chs. 1–4 of Luschnig’s Introduction , we proceed to using Chs. 5–8 as a framework for study.

Textbook: C. A. E. Luschnig, An Introduction to Ancient Greek: A Literary Approach, 2nd edn (Hackett: Indianapolis & Cambridge, 2007). For textbook suppliers see our FAQs.

Course Fee: $245 (full rate), $175 (concession). Enrol before 3 December for the $20 early bird discount.

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Ancient Greek

Intermediate

Tutors: Elizabeth Stockdale (AM)

Samuel Wessels (PM)

Suitable for students with 2 units of university-level Ancient Greek or equivalent (contact mals@mq.edu.au if you require further advice). Students should have a good grasp of the basic grammar of the language and be ready to explore original texts.

This course will include treatment of more advanced grammatical concepts integrated with a selection of readings from literary texts of the classical and post-classical periods.

Text: Xenophon's Symposium (AM) and Lucian's True History (PM). Texts will be made available on the MALS Learning Materials page by mid-November.

Course Fee: $245 (full rate), $175 (concession). Enrol before 3 December for the $20 early bird discount.

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Ancient Greek

Advanced

Tutors: Peter Brown (AM)

Chris Haddad (PM)

Suitable for students with 3–4 units of university-level Ancient Greek or equivalent (contact mals@mq.edu.au for further advice). Students should have a confident grasp of the language. Some prior experience of reading original texts is recommended as a prerequisite.

This course provides guided reading of original ancient texts.

Texts: Sophocles’ Philoktetes (AM) and the Gortyn law code (PM).  The Gortyn law code is the most famous and extensive Cretan text. It not only provides a unique window into the ancient city’s society, but it also presents a fine opportunity to learn about the fascinating Doric dialect. 

Texts will be made available on the MALS Learning Materials page by mid-November.

Course Fee: $245 (full rate), $175 (concession). Enrol before 3 December for the $20 early bird discount.

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Biblical and Patristic Greek

Intermediate/Advanced

Tutor: Seumas MacDonald

Suitable for students with 2 units of university-level Classical or Koine Greek (contact mals@mq.edu.au if you require further advice). Students should have a good grasp of the grammar of the language and be ready to explore original texts. This course may suit those who have experience with the language but would like to develop their independence from electronic language resources.

This course will include treatment of advanced grammatical concepts integrated with guided reading of a selection of Biblical and Patristic texts written in the Koine dialect.

Text: Melito's On Easter. Texts will be made available on the MALS Learning Materials page by mid-November.

Course Fee: $245 (full rate), $175 (concession). Enrol before 3 December for the $20 early bird discount.

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Hieroglyphic Egyptian Beginners

Tutor: Madeline Jenkins

Suitable for students with no experience of the language.

This course will introduce students to the Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic script, and will explore the fundamentals of Middle Egyptian grammar and vocabulary. Students will have the opportunity to read short hieroglyphic inscriptions on monuments from a range of periods of Egyptian history.

Textbook: A hieroglyphic sign list will be made available to students by mid-November on the MALS Learning Materials page. Students should also purchase B. G. Ockinga, A Concise Grammar of Middle Egyptian: An Outline of Middle Egyptian Grammar 3rd edn (Mainz, 2012) as a reference tool. For textbook suppliers see our FAQs.

Course Fee: $245 (full rate), $175 (concession). Enrol before 3 December for the $20 early bird discount.

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Hieroglyphic Egyptian Experienced Beginners

Tutor: Kerry Peadon

Suitable for students who are returning to the study of Egyptian after some time or have completed the MALS beginners-level course or 1 unit of university-level Hieroglyphic Egyptian or equivalent (contact mals@mq.edu.au if you require further advice). 

This course continues the exploration of Middle Egyptian script, grammar, and vocabulary. The class will discuss verbal sentences, participles, relative forms, contingent tenses, complex sentences, topicalisation, focalisation, and negation. Complementary readings of stelae will help to illustrate these topics later in the week.

Text: Course notes will be made available on the MALS Learning Materials page by early November. Students should also purchase B. G. Ockinga, A Concise Grammar of Middle Egyptian: An Outline of Middle Egyptian Grammar 3rd edn (Mainz, 2012) as a reference tool. For textbook suppliers see our FAQs.

Course Fee: $245 (full rate), $175 (concession). Enrol before 3 December for the $20 early bird discount.

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Hieroglyphic Egyptian Intermediate

Tutor: Pauline Stanton

Suitable for students with 2 units of university-level Hieroglyphic Egyptian or equivalent (contact mals@mq.edu.au if you require further advice).

This course will include treatment of more advanced grammatical concepts integrated with a selection of guided readings.

Texts: The Poetical Stela of Tuthmosis III and The Second Stela of Kamose. Texts will be made available to students on the MALS Learning Materials page by mid-November.

Course Fee: $245 (full rate), $175 (concession). Enrol before 3 December for the $20 early bird discount.

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Hieroglyphic Egyptian Advanced

Tutor: Grant Hayes

Suitable for students with 3–4 units of university-level Hieroglyphic Egyptian or equivalent (contact mals@mq.edu.au if you require further advice).

This course provides guided reading of Middle Egyptian Texts.

Text : Advanced students will be reading an Amarna-themed selection of texts, including a boundary stela and material from the tombs of the notables. Texts will be made available to students on the MALS Learning Materials page by mid-November.

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Coptic Egyptian

Course cancelled

Suitable for students with no experience of the language.

This course explores the fundamentals of the Sahidic dialect of Coptic (the latest form of the ancient Egyptian language), addressing script, grammar, and vocabulary. 

Textbook: Learning materials will be distributed in class. Students should also purchase T. O. Lambdin, Introduction to Sahidic Coptic (Macon, 1983; 2nd edn. 1992) as a reference tool. For textbook suppliers see our FAQs.

Coptic Beginners has been cancelled. Please contact MALS directly (mals@mq.edu.au) if you have any questions. 

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Ancient Hebrew

Beginners

Tutor: Anne Porter

Suitable for students with no experience of the language.

This course introduces students to the Ancient Hebrew script and fundamental grammar and vocabulary.

Textbook: George Athas and Ian Young, Elementary Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar, 5th edn (Croydon Park, NSW: Ancient Vessel Press, 2016). This textbook is only available from https://reformers.org.au/

Text: 2 Kings 20 will be made available on the MALS Learning Materials page by mid-November.

Course Fee: $245 (full rate), $175 (concession). Enrol before 3 December for the $20 early bird discount.

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Ancient Hebrew

Intermediate (Cancelled)

Suitable for students with 2 units of university-level Ancient Hebrew or equivalent (contact mals@mq.edu.au if you require further advice).

This course continues the exploration of Ancient Hebrew script, grammar, and vocabulary, including complementary readings.

Text: Ezekiel 1-2, 10, 17, 26-27, 29, 37. Texts will be made available on the MALS Learning Materials page by mid-November.

Course Fee: Intermediate Hebrew has been cancelled. Please contact MALS (mals@mq.edu.au) with any questions. 

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Ancient Hebrew

Advanced

Tutor: Steven Coxhead

Suitable for students with 3–4 units of university-level Ancient Hebrew or equivalent (contact mals@mq.edu.au if you require further advice).

This course provides guided reading of Ancient Hebrew texts.

Text: Exodus 1–6. Texts will be made available on the MALS Learning Materials page by mid-November.

Course Fee: $245 (full rate), $175 (concession). Enrol before 3 December for the $20 early bird discount.

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Introduction to Australian Aboriginal Languages

Tutor: David Moore

Suitable for students with no experience.

This course introduces students to the Aboriginal languages of Australia. It will provide an overview of  languages, treating such topics as where the languages are spoken, phonetics and orthography, grammar, semantics, and texts. The course will also focus on particular examples and discuss the resources available for learning individual languages.

Textbook: course notes will be provided in class during the MALS week.

Course Fee: $245 (full rate), $175 (concession). Enrol before 3 December for the $20 early bird discount.

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Akkadian

Beginners

Tutor: Tracy Davenport

Suitable for students with no experience of the language.

This course will guide students in developing their understanding of the script, grammar, and vocabulary of Akkadian, an ancient Semitic language with a rich literature, including such famous works as the Epic of Gilgamesh.

Textbook: R. Caplice, Introduction to Akkadian (Rome: Pontifical Biblical Institute, 2002). For textbook suppliers see our FAQs.

Course Fee: $245 (full rate), $175 (concession). Enrol before 3 December for the $20 early bird discount.

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Hittite

Beginners

Tutor: Noel Weeks

Suitable for students with experience of the cuneiform script (e.g. Akkadian) and students will no experience of cuneiform.

This course will guide students in developing their understanding of the script (optional), grammar, and vocabulary of Hittite, an ancient Indo-European language from the region of Modern Turkey. Classes will be tailored to meet the needs of students with no experience of cuneiform script and those with some experience of cuneiform (e.g. through Akkadian) by providing lessons in the original language and in transliteration.

Text: Apology of Hattusili III. Texts will be made available to students on the MALS Learning Materials page by mid-November.

Course Fee: $245 (full rate), $175 (concession). Enrol before 3 December for the $20 early bird discount.