MALS 2020 Summer Week 6–10 January: Program

This Summer Week we will be offering a great selection of ancient languages including our core languages (Ancient Greek, Hebrew, and Hieroglyphic Egyptian) and several exciting additions including an introduction to the Australian Aboriginal languages and Akkadian.

All courses will run Monday to Friday 9.00am–4.00pm and will be held on the Macquarie University Campus.

Please follow the steps below to enrol and keep in touch until July.

Step 1

Browse our courses below and check out our FAQs for information about daily timetable, transport, textbook suppliers, and catering.

Step 2

Once you have selected a course please enrol via our Eventbrite page.

Step 3

Follow us on Facebook for MALS updates and other ancient languages news. Also feel free to email us with any questions: mals@mq.edu.au

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Beginners Ancient Greek

Tutor: Katerina Cipuseva

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 (see below) as a framework for study.

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

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Experienced Beginners Ancient Greek

Tutor: Paul Reisner

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 (see below), 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). See FAQs for textbook suppliers.

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Intermediate Ancient Greek

Tutor: Mark Matic (AM)

Samuel Wessels (PM)

Suitable for students with at least 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.

Texts: Selections from Thucydides, Books 6 and 7: the Sicilian Expedition (AM) and selections from Plato, Epistle XIII: To Dionysius II of Syracuse (PM). Texts will be available on the Learning Materials page from late-October.

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Advanced Ancient Greek

Tutor: Peter Brown

Suitable for students with at least 4 units of university-level Ancient Greek or equivalent (contact mals@mq.edu.au for further advice). Students should have a solid 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 and discussion of grammatical, stylistic, and historical points of interest.

Texts: Euripides’ Iphigenia at Aulis (AM) and Arrian, Books 1–2 (PM). Texts will be available on our Learning Materials page from late-October.

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Intermediate/Advanced Biblical and Patristic Greek

Tutor: Seumas MacDonald

Suitable for students with at least 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:  John Chrysostom's Letter to Olympia and the Book of Esther (LXX). Texts will be provided on the MALS Learning Materials page from late-October.

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Beginners Hebrew

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: G. Athas and I. 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/

Course notes will also be made available on the MALS Learning Materials page from late-October.

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Experienced Beginners Hebrew

Tutor: Jonathan Thambyrjah

Suitable for students with at least 1 unit 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.

Textbook: G. Athas and I. 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/

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Advanced Hebrew

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: Genesis 18–19 and Job 1–3. Texts will be made available on the MALS Learning Materials page from late-October.

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Beginners Hieroglyphic Egyptian

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 and artefacts, including stelae, funerary cones and coffins from a range of periods of Egyptian history.

Textbook: A hieroglyphic sign list will be made available on the MALS Learning Materials page from late-October. Course materials will also be made available in class. Students may wish to purchase B. G. Ockinga, A Concise Grammar of Middle Egyptian: An Outline of Middle Egyptian Grammar 3rd edn (Mainz, 2012) as a reference tool.

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Experienced Beginners Hieroglyphic Egyptian

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, including complementary readings from the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms.

Text: Course notes will be made available on the MALS Learning Materials page from late-October.  Students may wish to purchase B. G. Ockinga, A Concise Grammar of Middle Egyptian: An Outline of Middle Egyptian Grammar 3rd edn (Mainz, 2012) as a reference tool.

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Intermediate Hieroglyphic Egyptian

Tutor: Helen Neale

Suitable for students with at least 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 Abydos stela of Neferhotep. Texts will be made available on the MALS Learning Materials page from late-October. Students are encouraged to purchase B. G. Ockinga, A Concise Grammar of Middle Egyptian: An Outline of Middle Egyptian Grammar 3rd edn (Mainz, 2012) as a reference tool.

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Advanced Hieroglyphic Egyptian

Tutor: Pauline Stanton

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: The Great Hymn to the Aten. Texts will be made available on the Learning Materials page from late-October.

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Introduction to Australian Aboriginal Languages.

Tutor: David Moore

Suitable for students with no experience of the language.

This course provides an introductory overview of Australian Aboriginal languages. It includes information about what resources are available for learning individual languages.

Textbook: course notes will be supplied in class.

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Akkadian Beginners

Tutor: Noel Weeks

Suitable for students who have no experience of the language.

This course provides an introduction to the Akkadian script, and explores Akkadian grammar and vocabulary.

Text: R. Caplice, Introduction to Akkadian (Rome: Pontifical Biblical Institute, 2002). See FAQs for recommended textbook suppliers.