First Steps in Egyptian Hieroglyphics: A Book for Beginners

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The dearth of suitable introductory texts presents a serious obstacle to the study of the Egyptian language, so this practical grammar answers a longstanding need. Its well-known and highly respected author, a Keeper of the Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities at the British Museum, has written many other popular Dover books on Egyptology. Contents include lists of frequently used signs and determinatives, a short vocabulary of about 500 words, a series of 31 texts and extracts (with interlinear transliteration and ...
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Overview

The dearth of suitable introductory texts presents a serious obstacle to the study of the Egyptian language, so this practical grammar answers a longstanding need. Its well-known and highly respected author, a Keeper of the Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities at the British Museum, has written many other popular Dover books on Egyptology. Contents include lists of frequently used signs and determinatives, a short vocabulary of about 500 words, a series of 31 texts and extracts (with interlinear transliteration and word-for-word translation), and a few untransliterated and untranslated texts (with glossary), to be worked out independently. This is a valuable book for archaeologists, anthropologists, and anyone with a professional or amateur interest in Ancient Egypt.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486430997
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 1/13/2004
  • Series: Egypt Series
  • Edition description: FAC
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 778,578
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface V
Part I.
Introduction
Egyptian Writing 1
Alphabetic signs 6
Syllabic signs 8
Determinatives 11
Pronouns 22
Nouns 24
The Article 26
Adjectives 30
Numbers 32
Measures 34
Time, divisions of 35
The Year 35
The Verb 36
The Adverb 42
Prepositions and Conjunctions 43
Particles 46
A list of common words to be learnt 48
Egyptian Gods and Goddesses 71
Part II.
Texts with interlinear transliteration and word for word translation
I. Extracts from the Prisse Papyrus (See Prisse d'Avennes, Facsimile d'un papyrus egyptien en caracteres hieratiques, Paris, 1847; and Virey, Etudes sur le Papyrus Prisse, Paris, 1887.) 79
2. Extracts from the pyramid texts of Unas and Teta (See Maspero, Recueil de Travaux, tomm. III, IV and V, Paris, 1882, 1883, 1884.) 86
3. Inscription from the tomb of Heru-khuf at Aswan (See Schiaparelli, Una tomba Egiziana (Atti della R. Accademia dei Lincei, anno CCLXXXIX., Ser. 4a, Classe di Scienzie Morali, t. X. Roma, 1893, pp. 22-53).) 95
4. Inscription from the stele of Abu (See Maspero, Recueil de Travaux, tom. III, p. 115 f.) 99
5. Inscription of Ata 103
6. Inscription from the tomb of Khnemu-Hetep at Beni-hasan (See Newberry, Beni Hasan, pt. 1. Lond., 1893, pl. 41.) 104
7. Inscriptions from the tomb of Ameni-em-hat at Beni-Hasan (See Newberry, op. cit., pll. 8, 11, etc.) 106
8. Stories of the reigns of Seneferu and Khufu For the hieratic text, transcript, etc., see Erman, Die Marchen des Papyrus Westcar, Berl., 1890, pll. 6, 7. 114
9. The Life of Amasis, the naval officer, as told by himself (See Lepsius, Denkmaler, Abth. III, Bl. 11, and for the last translation by Brugsch see Egypt under the Pharaohs, vol. 1, p. 249 ff.) 126
10. The Harper's Lament (See Stern, Aegyptische Zeitschrift, 1873, p. 60.) 138
11. The Battle of Megiddo (See Maspero, Recueil de Travaux, tom. II, p. 51 ff.) 141
12. Speech of Amen-Ra to Thothmes III. (See Mariette, Karnak, Leipzig, 1875, plate 11; and Brugsch, Geschichte Aegyptens, Leipz., 1877, p. 352 ff.) 156
13. Address of Thothmes III to Osiris (Book of the Dead, Chap. CLIV) (See Naville, Todtenbuch, Bd. 1. Bl. 179.) 168
14. Specimens of the Maxims of Ani (See Chabas, L'Egyptologie, Chalons - sur - Saone, 1874; Amelineau, La Morale egyptienne, Paris, 1892.) 172
15. Hymn to Osiris (See Ledrain, Monuments Egyptiens, Pl. XXII ff.; and Chabas, Revue Archeologique, 1857, p. 65.) 179
16. Inscription from the Stele of Tehuti-nefer (See Maspero, Recueil de Travaux, tom. III, p. 122, tom. IV, p. 125.) 189
17. Inscription from the Stele of Tchanni (See Maspero, Recueil de Travaux, tom. IV, p. 130.) 194
18. Inscription from the Stele of Sesh (See Maspero, Recueil de Travaux, tom. IV, p. 127.) 196
19. Inscription from a sepulchral Stele (See Piehl, Recueil de Travaux, tom. I, p. 197.) 200
20. Inscription from the Stele of Amen-hetep (See Piehl, Recueil de Travaux, tom. II, p. 124.) 202
21. Hymn to the god of the Nile (See Birch, Select Papyri, pl. XX f.; Maspero, Hymne au Nil, Paris, 1868.) 204
22. Examples of the Proverbs of Tuauu-f-se-Kharthai (See Birch, Select Papyri, pll. XV-XX, CXXVIII-CXXXIV; and Maspero, Du Genre Epistolaire, Paris, 1872.) 212
23. The Destruction of Mankind (See Lefebure, Tombeau de Seti I, part IV, pll. 15-18; Brugsch, Die neue Weltordnung, Berlin, 1881; Naville, Trans. Soc. Bibl. Arch., vol. IV, p. 1 ff., vol. VIII, p. 412 ff.; Wiedemann, Die Religion der alten Aegypter, p. 32 ff.) 218
24. The War of Rameses II. against the Kheta (See Guieyesse, Recueil de Travaux, tom. VIII, pp. 136, 139.) 231
25. Hymn to Ra (Book of the Dead, Chap. XV) (See Naville, Todtenbuch, Bd. I. Bl. 16.) 235
26. Numbers from the papyrus of Rameses III. (See Birch, Facsimile of an Egyptian Hieratic Papyrus, London, 1876.) 239
27. The Legend of Ra and Isis (See Pleyte and Rossi, Papyrus de Turin, pll. 31, 77, 131-8; Lefebure, Aegyptische Sprache, 1883, p. 27; Wiedemann, Die Religion, p. 29 f.) 241
28. From the Monument of Uah-ab-Ra em khu (See Piehl, Recueil de Travaux, tom. III, p. 28.) 257
29. Texts from the sarcophagus of Patepep (See Bergmann, Recueil de Travaux, tom. III, pp. 148-152.) 257
30. The Legend of the Seven Years' Famine in Egypt (See Brugsch, Die biblischen sieben Jahre der Hungersnoth, Leipzig, 1891.) 261
31. From an Inscription of Ptolemy V. (See Bouriant, Recueil de Travaux, tom. VI, p. 1 ff.) 269
Part III.
Egyptian Texts untransliterated and untranslated 275
Glossary 291
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