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Write Your Own Egyptian Hieroglyphs: Names, Greetings, Insults, Sayings
The Egyptian hieroglyphic script is one of the most beautiful, fascinating, and expressive writing systems ever invented. In Ancient Egypt, only an elite few could read and write hieroglyphs, but now you too can recognize and write a selection of names, titles, descriptions, sayings, greetings—even insults! For the ancient Egyptians, nothing could exist without a name—name ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published April 17th 2007 by University of California Press
(first published March 18th 2007)
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A book of curiosities of Egyptian writing: nicknames, names of obscure meaning, sayings and proverbs, ib words relating to emotions and qualities, traits of divinities, mnemonics for reading determinatives, etc. Includes a few reproductions of funeral steles, including one I love, that of Neferhotep the harpist, whose stele in Abydos was sponsored by his friends, depicting him naturalistically rather than the usual idealized portrait. Their tribute to him is unusual and touching. Recommended for ...more