Write Your Own Egyptian Hieroglyphs: Names · Greetings · Insults · Sayings

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This is a handy and colourful illustrated guide to reading, writing and understanding ancient Egyptian names, epithets, titles and phrases. The Egyptians believed that the creator god Ptah brought the world into being by naming everything in it. Names had great power, and kings often over-wrote their own names on the monuments of earlier rulers. A person's name was a vitally important part of them, and the Egyptians were very concerned that their names should be recorded, remembered and spoken. Criminals and those who had fallen out of favour could be punished - wiped out of history - by having their names destroyed or defaced. The hieroglyphic script provided a beautiful, flexible and expressive means to write the names of humans, gods and animals. Angela McDonald explains the meanings of Egyptian personal names and how they were made up (Rameses = 'Ra has given birth to him') and demonstrates how they were written in different ways to convey various shades of meaning. Royal and divine names are always given special treatment. The Egyptians were not always formal, and nicknames were common. Even the names of pet animals are recorded in tomb paintings.

Gods' names and epithets are often very expressive: the ibis-headed god Thoth is sometimes called 'the Beaky One'. Animal names often have epithets which express their character, e.g. the mosquito is literally 'the friendly one'! Sometimes they mimic the animal's sound: a cat was 'miu'. Animal signs also represent emotions - for example, a cow and calf could stand for affection. A final chapter shows how to write your own name in hieroglyphs using Egyptian sound signs, and devise your own epithets and titles from Egyptian originals. There is also a list of Egyptian words, phrases and idioms to enjoy and to copy: for example, to be glad is to 'stretch out the heart'; the family is 'that which is loved'; to chatter is to 'be plentiful of mouth'. To hug is 'to be within two arms' and children are 'the ones in the middle of the heart'.

Súly 0.35 kg
ISBN 9780714119762
Szerző Angela McDonald
Kiadó British Museum Press
Kiadás éve 2007
Borító Paperback
Oldalszám és illusztrációk 64 pages,  Illustrated in colour and black and white throughout
Nyelv English

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