Originally posted by anon72
BYRD, you are the MAN (or woman).
Woman... and thank you.
Seriously. I hope you are a writer also and are putting this stuff in a book format (or the alike). Simply amazing and sense
Actually, I have a Master's in Anthropology and have done some archaeology field work as well as paleontology field work and research. What I'm
telling you is actually material that's well known, taught in courses, and has even been written about by people like L. Sprague de Camp
). Oh... and the games, Civilization and Pharaoh
) which enforce the idea that civilizations don't just simply pop out of nowhere, but there
are logical steps to how things develop.
I see why you are a Super Mod.
Actually, got modded because I was a "supermod" (wizard) on a number of Mucks/Muds/Moos and ran my own Fidonet node for many years. Experience...
not "book larnin"
One last question. What is the best way to learn Egyptian writing?
I always recommend Collier's book
there are others, but this one is simply the best. This is Middle Kingdom Egyptian but after going through the book you'll be able to read enough to
recognize the inscriptions in museums (and know when they get it wrong... and they do sometimes, or rather they give a "contextualized" version that
is designed for "people who don't know anything about this.") There's other books out there, but most of the people who can actually READ
hieroglyphs like this one.
BTW, came across a book you might enjoy (free): Flinders Petrie's book on Egyptian Religion. It *is* outdated (by over 80 years) and *does* suffer
from his very solid Christian background (and a bit of the Colonial attitude)... BUT... it's free and in spite of the shortcomings it's pretty
And something on the Tel Amarna period (these are called "the tarpits" because of the scholarly arguments over them):
Wikipedia has a quick lookup for Gardiner's signs. Note that the sign list has been expanded over the years (in the Middle and New Kingdoms, they
often combined signs by using a new sign: en.wikipedia.org...