posted on Oct, 7 2013 @ 08:06 PM
Well, the dissertation is in the hands of my committee chair, and -- best of all, the three Exeter University courses have just started and I did
manage to get into the GlyphStudy group on Yahoo. So I thought I would give some comments about them.
Cost -- these courses are less expensive than most university courses, but they're around $300 for a 20 week course. GlyphStudy is free but you do
have to buy the correct books to be able to work along.
GlyphStudy is challenging. We're learning to read hieroglyphs -- right now the hardest part is learning which typed letters can be substituted for
any given hieroglyph. Given that there are over 900 individual hieroglyphs (yes, you read that right... 900), this is a bit of a challenge. One
group is working on the titles of Hathor, one group is working through the Tale of Sinhue, I'm working through the Collier and Manley book.
Translating is interesting and the leaders are good at explaining the variants we see in the text (and giving us the background.)
I'm taking the introductory history of Egypt, the art of Egypt, and the history of Nubia
OMG. You have NO idea how much scholars know that has been hidden by people who are more interested in their own pet theories than they are about the
truth. I know a bit about Egypt, but I've been literally blown away by what I'm learning (for example, some of the material in museums is mislabled
(and scholars KNOW this and often try to get the museums to correct it.)) The history of Nubia does NOT ignore the Black Athena books but will cover
them (I'm looking forward to that one). We dive right into the topic from the first sentence -- for history, we're shown maps of the 44 nomes and
we're to figure out why certain ones were important (haven't figured that out yet, but am looking at maps and topology.) In the art course, they
point out how the "granite" bowls and "granite" objects in museums are often mislabeled -- they're not granite but a softer (and somewhat similar
looking) stone. For this class, we have to first start out looking at rocks and gems and pictures of them until we can tell the difference between
travertine and alabaster (for example.)
I can't tell you how exciting this is!