Hieroglyphs: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Penelope Wilson

By Penelope Wilson

Hieroglyphs have been way over a language. They have been an omnipresent and omnipotent strength in speaking the messages of historic Egyptian tradition for over 3 thousand years. This historic type of expression used to be used as paintings, as a way of picking out Egyptian-ness, even for conversation with the gods. during this interesting new learn, Penelope Wilson explores the cultural value of hieroglyphs with an emphasis on formerly ignored components corresponding to cryptography and the ongoing decoding of the script nowa days. She covers themes just like the origins of writing in Egypt, hieroglyphic script and the Egyptian language, hieroglyphs and artwork, scribes and daily writing. She additionally examines the strong fascination hieroglyphs nonetheless carry for us today.

This publication is the perfect reference for a person with an curiosity within the attention-grabbing civilization of old Egypt

Show description

Read Online or Download Hieroglyphs: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) PDF

Similar cryptography books

Hieroglyphs: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Hieroglyphs have been way over a language. They have been an omnipresent and omnipotent strength in speaking the messages of historic Egyptian tradition for over 3 thousand years. This historic kind of expression used to be used as artwork, as a way of selecting Egyptian-ness, even for verbal exchange with the gods.

Understanding Windows CardSpace : an introduction to the concepts and challenges of digital identities

Wi>Understanding home windows CardSpaceis the 1st insider’s advisor to home windows CardSpace and the wider subject of identification administration for technical and company pros. Drawing at the authors’ extraordinary adventure earned by way of operating with the CardSpace product workforce and via imposing cutting-edge CardSpace-based platforms at prime companies, it deals unparalleled perception into the realities of identification administration: from making plans and layout via deployment.

Pairing-Based Cryptography – Pairing 2012: 5th International Conference, Cologne, Germany, May 16-18, 2012, Revised Selected Papers

This publication constitutes the refereed court cases of the fifth overseas convention on Pairing-Based Cryptography, Pairing 2012, held in Cologne, Germany, in may perhaps 2012. The 17 complete papers for presentation on the educational tune and three complete papers for presentation on the commercial music have been rigorously reviewed and chosen from forty nine submissions.

Cryptography Extensions Practical Guide for Programmers

For a very long time, there was a necessity for a realistic, down-to-earth builders ebook for the Java Cryptography Extension. i'm more than pleased to work out there's now a e-book that may solution some of the technical questions that builders, managers, and researchers have approximately this sort of serious subject. i'm definite that this e-book will give a contribution enormously to the good fortune of securing Java purposes and deployments for e-business.

Extra info for Hieroglyphs: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Example text

At this time Egypt was part of the Roman Empire, which was slowly becoming Christianized. Coptic was used to spread the Christian message into Egypt and to translate Christian writings, mainly the New Testament and life of Christ, into the language spoken in Egypt. It seems, however, that ‘Old Coptic’ was created principally to write magical texts where the exact pronunciation of the words was all important. The language was effectively Demotic in a final form, but it was written in a different script and for the first time Egyptian was written in an alphabetic (uniconsonantal) script.

Meroitic cursive script. This text is from a stela from Amara and is now in Khartoum Museum. Twenty of the twenty-four signs can be seen here. 36 Transliteration (reading right to left) woshi qetene yinele shore qeterre adjemeqo le wi : qo-koye : djxelo mni-teme Translation O Isis, (epithet) O Osiris (epithet) Adjemeqo, born of Qekaye, begotten of Amani-teme 37 Hieroglyphic script and Egyptian language Few of the signs have the same appearance as the Egyptian hieroglyphs and none has the same value.

What is needed, however, is some kind of bilingual text, perhaps written in Meroitic and Demotic or Meroitic and Greek, so that the same two texts can be compared and understood. One of the last surviving sites where that might have been possible was the sacred hill site of Qasr Ibrim, where countless documents written in every language known in the Nile Valley have been found. The elusive bilingual text has not emerged, however, and the rising waters of Lake Nasser have percolated through the layers left there, probably causing the destruction of much of the remaining organic material.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.79 of 5 – based on 48 votes