The atmosphere in the Room of Runes is mysterious as always, helped especially this year by the strange smell of incense in the air. It seems unlikely that Professor Wessex managed to recreate the smell of incense without burning anything in a room full of dangerously fragile books... But then agai…
IntroductionTime for another lesson in theRoom of Runes. Today we will begin our journey into the written world of ancient Egypt. After a brief overview of the history of the Egyptian culture courtesy of our Ancient Studies professor, Professor Morgan, we will look at the role writing and scribes p…
IntroductionHello, class. Today, we will take our first close look at some of the symbols used in the hieroglyphic writing system. Some of these are more difficult and intricate than the runes many of you have studied over the past two years, so we will take things slowly and discuss them in small …
IntroductionI hope you understood your first close look at the hieroglyphic symbols last lesson. Today, we will look at hieroglyphs that do not have a separate symbol in our own Latin alphabet, and some that we may even struggle to pronounce, as their sound values are not part of the English langua…
As is typical, Professor Wessex is nowhere to be found before class, prefering to let students filter in on her own and forego mingling. A stack of tightly-rolled parchments in the middle of the professor’s ornately-carved desk draw the eye, and one student is bold enough to try to take a pee…
IntroductionIt seems you have all survived your midterms last week and are ready to delve deeper into the world of the hieroglyphs. Last week we learned that Egyptians had rather little respect for vowels in their writings, a practice that makes the script prone to misunderstandings. But the Egypti…
IntroductionWe covered a substantial amount of symbols last week, but I am sure you found the determinatives helpful. This week, we will look at a way of reading hieroglyphs that many of you will be familiar with from Second Year, back when we studied the Elder Futhark. Today, we will look at how h…
IntroductionNow that we have most of the basics covered, I’m sure you’re wondering what all this has to do with magic. It’s actually quite complicated. Rest assured, however, with the help of Professor Morgan --who will join us today-- and myself, we will get to the bottom of it. …
IntroductionToday marks your last day in the Room of Runes as Fourth Years. And, for some of you, your last day here in general. It’s been an exciting year. By now, you should be familiar with the basics of Egyptian hieroglyphs. Your final exams will take place after this lesson, so I hope yo…
Fascinated by the symbols of ancient cultures? Then come on in and learn about Ancient Runes, the scripts these cultures used to record their knowledge! This year, we will begin our journey into the world of Ancient Egypt. We will learn to decipher the hieroglyphs and find out what life was like along the Nile, several thousand years ago!
Course Prerequisites:
  • ANCR-301

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