An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs
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- Author: James P. Allen, Brown University, Rhode Island
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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-six essays on the most important aspects of ancient Egyptian history, society, religion, literature, and language. Grammar lessons and cultural essays allows users not only to read hieroglyphic texts but also to understand them, providing the foundation for understanding texts on monuments and reading great works of ancient Egyptian literature. This third edition is revised and reorganized, particularly in its approach to the verbal system, based on recent advances in understanding the language. Illustrations enhance the discussions, and an index of references has been added. These changes and additions provide a complete and up-to-date grammatical description of the classical language of ancient Egypt for specialists in linguistics and other fields.Read more
- Learning Middle Egyptian is grammar based, and in this text grammatical terms are explained with English examples so that there is no need to consult other texts
- Egyptian texts are full of terms and concepts specific to the ancient culture, so an extensive essay in each lesson explains basic terms and concepts
- Based on recent research, the list of verb forms in this edition has been reduced to thirteen, making it much easier for students to learn and retain information
Reviews & endorsements
"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 CambridgeSee more reviews
"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
"This is an indispensable volume for students of Egyptology, archaeology, historical linguistics, or even laymen who are interested in learning Egyptian."
Kariema El Touny, The Linguist List
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- Edition: 3rd Edition
- Date Published: July 2014
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781139899512
- contains: 20 b/w illus. 1 map 25 exercises
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
Lesson 1. Language and writing
Essay 1. Ancient Egyptian history
Lesson 2. Unliteral signs
Essay 2. Ancient Egyptian geography
Lesson 3. Multiliteral signs
Essay 3. Ancient Egyptian society
Lesson 4. Nouns
Essay 4. The gods
Lesson 5. Pronouns
Essay 5. The gods on Earth
Lesson 6. Adjectives
Essay 6. The king's names
Lesson 7. Adjectival and nominal sentences
Essay 7. Human nature
Lesson 8. Prepositions and adverbs
Essay 8. Death and the afterlife
Lesson 9. Numbers
Essay 9. Egyptian chronology
Lesson 10. Adverbial sentences
Essay 10. Maat
Lesson 11. Non-verbal sentences
Essay 11. The world before creation
Lesson 12. Verbs
Essay 12. The creation of the world
Lesson 13. The infinitival forms
Essay 13. The creative word
Lesson 14. The pseudo-verbal construction
Essay 14. The Memphite theology
Lesson 15. The imperative and particles
Essay 15. The creator
Lesson 16. The stative
Essay 16. Heresy
Lesson 17. The sdm.n.f
Essay 17. Phonology and writing
Lesson 18. The sdm.f
Essay 18. Egyptian literature
Lesson 19. The other forms of the suffix conjugation
Essay 19. Middle Egyptian wisdom literature
Lesson 20. Adverb clauses
Essay 20. Middle Egyptian stories
Lesson 21. Noun clauses
Essay 21. Historical texts
Lesson 22. Relative clauses
Essay 22. Religious texts
Lesson 23. The active participle
Essay 23. Hymns and poetry
Lesson 24. The passive participle
Essay 24. Non-literary texts
Lesson 25. Emphatic sentences
Essay 25. Letters
Lesson 26. Middle Egyptian grammar
Essay 26. Grammatical theory
Where to go from here
Answers to the exercises.
Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses
- Ancient Egypt and its Hieroglyphs
- Elementary Egyptian
- Essentials of Hieroglyphic Egyptian
- Law, Society, & Culture in the Middle East
- Topics in Global Hist. Middle Egyptian Grammar
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