Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs / Edition 2

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Overview

Middle Egyptian introduces the reader to the writing system of ancient Egypt and the language of hieroglyphic texts. It contains twenty-six lessons, exercises (with answers), a list of hieroglyphic signs, and a dictionary. It also includes a series of twenty-five essays on the most important aspects of ancient Egyptian history, society, religion and literature. The combination of grammar lessons and cultural essays allows users to not only read hieroglyphic texts but also to understand them, providing readers with the foundation to understand texts on monuments and to read great works of ancient Egyptian literature in the original text. This second edition contains revised exercises and essays, providing an up to date account of current research and discoveries. New illustrations enhance discussions and examples. These additions combine with the previous edition to create a complete grammatical description of the classical language of ancient Egypt for specialists in linguistics and other fields.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The Third Edition breaks much new ground from the earlier editions, incorporating many new ideas on the verb, from the author’s research. This book encourages the reader to consider the ancient language as a means of expression and not just a set of grammatical rules."
Nigel Strudwick, Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

"Professor Allen has once again demonstrated his mastery of the ancient Egyptian language by providing a new edition of his grammar that is fresh and daring."
Ronald J. Leprohon, University of Toronto

"A user-friendly introduction teeming with novel insights; essential reading for all students and researchers in Egyptology."
Sami Uljas, Uppsala University

"This new edition of Middle Egyptian, completely revised, makes complex grammatical issues with which students often struggle far more accessible. It will also be of interest to those fascinated by the language but who come to it from outside Egyptology."
Troy Leiland Sagrillo, Swansea University

"This third, thoroughly revised edition, of the most successful teaching grammar of Middle Egyptian provides an integrated, step-by-step introduction to the script, language, and culture of the classical period of ancient Egypt, leading the student to a direct experience of the original texts. Written by one of the most distinguished scholars in the field and richly exemplified, the text is equally suited for the classroom and for self-study."
Andréas Stauder, Swiss National Science Foundation and Universität Basel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521741446
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 524
  • Sales rank: 635,223
  • Product dimensions: 6.92 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

James P. Allen is the Wilbour Professor of Egyptology at Brown University. He is a former curator of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and President of the International Association of Egyptologists. His previous publications include Genesis in Egypt: The Philosophy of Ancient Egyptian Creation Accounts (1989), The Heqanakht Papyri (2002), and The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts (2005).

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Table of Contents

List of figures; Preface; Lesson 1. Language and writing; Lesson 2. The sounds of Middle Egyptian; Lesson 3. Multiliteral signs; Lesson 4. Nouns; Lesson 5. Pronouns; Lesson 6. Adjectives; Lesson 7. Adjectival and nominal sentences; Lesson 8. Prepositions and adverbs; Lesson 9. Numbers; Lesson 10. Adverbial sentences; Lesson 11. Nonverbal sentences; Lesson 12. Nonverbal clauses; Lesson 13. Verbs; Lesson 14. The infinitival forms; Lesson 15. The pseudoverbal construction; Lesson 16. The imperative and particles; Lesson 17. The stative; Lesson 18. The perfect; Lesson 19. The subjunctive; Lesson 20. The perfective and imperfective; Lesson 21. The prospective and passive; Lesson 22. The other forms of the suffix conjugation; Lesson 23. The participles; Lesson 24. The relative forms; Lesson 25. Special uses of the relative forms; Lesson 26. Middle Egyptian grammar; Sign list; Dictionary; Answers to the exercises; Index.

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