15 November 2007

JSesh 2.4.15 Released

New version of JSesh was released by Serge Rosmorduc.
The following changes were made:

"The most notable improvement of 2.4.15 is the addition of a new
software: the sign info editor. It allows one to add information on
signs, for instance transliteration and sign description. I hope that
some JSesh user with enough expertise in Egyptology will take advantage
of this to improve the existing data.

Meanwhile, this also means that the JSesh palette has been improved.

Other changes:

* Now, '-' can be used while typing signs transliterations for entering
signs. For instance, you can type "Hwt-Hr".

* Corrected interpretation of \r and \t when importing winglyph text.

* Corrected some bugs in TTF fonts import (well, some of those bugs are due
to the various versions of Java.

* We now include the MDC source file in the PDF output of JSesh as a comment
(in the Subject field). This is a trick, but it will allows us, for
instance, to
save and reload PDF files created by JSesh, which is a requirement of
the IFAO."

DOWNLOAD LINK: jsesh.qenherkhopeshef.org/download

15 September 2007

UAT Instructor Creates Cuneiform and Hieroglyphic Translator

"Joe McCormack has completed work on a web-based application that translates English words into cuneiform script from the Assyrian, Babylonian, Sumerian and the hieroglyphic script of Egyptian."

"The translator works by converting cuneiform and hieroglyphs, both used in the earliest forms of writing, into English words. For example, typing "I am a father" into the Ancient Egyptian translator yields hieroglyphs that roughly translate to "I am" and "father." The translator has been featured on several museum websites around the world and websites specializing in resources for the ancient world."

Hieroglyphic translator is online at Joe's web site virtualsecrets.com

(You can also download 346
flashcard sheets for learning
individual AE words.)

Family members

Abtfamily, household
ir nborn of ("made of")
ms nborn of
or itfather

Family members are usually referred to as "beloved ones"

mry beloved

05 July 2007

Google Books about Egyptian Hieroglyphs

If you're planning to buy a book about hieroglyphs I recommend you see it's preview at Google Books. Note that Google Books has many books with no preview available.
You can search for a certain title or check out the ones I chose to show here. They are all with limited preview.

Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs
by James P. Allen
This is an introduction 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, as well as twenty-five essays on the most important aspects of ancient Egyptian history, society, religion and literature.

Decoding Egyptian Hieroglyphs: How to Read the Secret Language of the Pharaohs
by Bridget McDermott - 2001

For beginners and Egyptologists alike, reading hieroglyphs provides fascinating insights into the land and lore of the pyramids. Decoding Egyptian Hieroglyphs is the only fully illustrated, easy-to-use guide to the meaning and mystery behind this ancient language...

Sacred Signs: Hieroglyphs in Ancient Egypt
by Penelope Wilson - 2003

In this engaging new study, Penelope Wilson offers a wide ran
ging look at this ancient form of writing, touching on everything from basic principles of translation to its broader function in Egyptian culture...

Egyptian Language: Easy Lessons in Egyptian Hieroglyphics
by E. A. Wallis Budge

This book is intended to form an easy introduction to the study of the Egyptian hieroglyphic inscriptions. It contains a short account of the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphics, and a sketch of the hieroglyphic system of writing and of the general principles which underlie the use of picture signs to express thought...

Hieroglyphs Without Mystery: An Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Writing
by Karl-Theodor Zauzich

Written for ordinary people with no special language skills, the book quickly demonstrates that hieroglyphic writing can be read, once a few simple principles are understood. Zauzich explains the basic rules of the writing system and the grammar and then applies them to thirteen actual inscriptions taken from objects in European and Egyptian museums...

Writing in Ancient Egypt
by Jil Fine

The writing of this ancient civilization will fascinate readers. Full-color photographs and illustrations will bring the development of writing in ancient Egypt to life.

Older books:

Egyptian Hieroglyphics: Being an Attempt to Explain Their Nature, Origin and Meaning

by Samuel Sharpe (no limit + PDF version)

Egyptian Language Easy Lessons in Egyptian Hieroglyphics
by E. A. Wallis Budge

26 June 2007

Hieroglyphs Everywhere - Presentation by Bob Richmond

"Hieroglyphs Everywhere" by Bob Richmond
Oxford, August 2006

Articles relating to the use of computer technology for Ancient Egyptian.

Download PDF (1 MB)
- from PowerPoint presentation


- Ancient Egyptian in Print
- Ancient Egyptian as Information
- Future Directions
- Hieroglyphs Everywhere

More info:
Saqqara Technology

Ancient Egyptian Calligraphy by Henry Fischer

"Ancient Egyptian Calligraphy. A Beginner's Guide to Writing Hieroglyphs" 4th edition.
by Henry G. Fischer
New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999.

A nice book for learning how to write hieroglyhs. It is available for download on Giza Archives Project website.

Download PDF (10.7 MB)

[I found it on Andie's Egyptology News blog:
"Lovely book, in PDF format, which gives you detailed guidelines on how to draw each hieroglyph, stroke by stroke. Wonderful for those who are calligraphilcally-challenged!"]

26 May 2007

Common Words - Part 2