August 25, 2016

Ancient Egyptian Works To Be Published Together In English For The First Time


Ancient Egyptian texts written on rock faces and papyri are being brought together for the general reader for the first time after a Cambridge academic translated the hieroglyphic writings into modern English. 

Until now few people beyond specialists have been able to read the texts, many of them inaccessible within tombs. While ancient Greek and Roman texts are widely accessible in modern editions, those from ancient Egypt have been largely overlooked, and the civilisation is most famous for its monuments.

The Great Pyramid and sphinx at Giza, the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the rock-cut temples of Abu Simbel have shaped our image of the monumental pharaonic culture and its mysterious god-kings. 

Toby Wilkinson said he had decided to begin work on the anthology because there was a missing dimension in how ancient Egypt was viewed: “The life of the mind, as expressed in the written word.”

The written tradition lasted nearly 3,500 years and writing is found on almost every tomb and temple wall. Yet there had been a temptation to see it as “mere decoration”, he said, with museums often displaying papyri as artefacts rather than texts.

The public were missing out on a rich literary tradition, Wilkinson said. “What will surprise people are the insights behind the well-known facade of ancient Egypt, behind the image that everyone has of the pharaohs, Tutankhamun’s mask and the pyramids.”


More on archeology here.

Winnie The Pooh Named Kids' Favourite Book 
'The Great Gatsby': Seven Life Lessons
Charles Dickens: Literary Legend 
Spain Finds Don Quixote Writer Cervantes' Tomb In Madrid 
Where Do Fairy Tales Come From? 
The Top 10 Shakespeare Scenes 
The Best and Worst of Hollywood's Book Adaptations? 
Is This Pasted Note Jane Austen's Final Missive? 
Sherlock Holmes: Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hero Still Going Strong 
Alice in Wonderland at 150 
Father Of Anne Frank Listed As Co-Author Of Diary To Extend Copyright
Sir John Monash: Grantlee Kieza’s Biography
Julia Child’s French Cooking Book Was A Trail Blazer 
Fairy Tales Are Grim! 
Diggers discover Thomas Hardy’s ‘Tess’, Martha Brown
Ben-Hur: A Remake On The Way
The Battle Over Troy
Shakespeare’s World Revealed In 400-year-old Handwriting
Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" Remade Again
Maggie Smith: Michael Coveney’s Biography 
The Book Of Kells: A Medieval Treasure
Mysterious 'Man in the Iron Mask' Revealed
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Press Pass for the Spanish Civil War Found
Palace Found At Tintagel, Fabled Birthplace Of King Arthur 
Who Was Cleopatra? 
The Untold Truth About The Holy Grail