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- DescriptionThis is a handy and colourful illustrated guide to reading, writing and understanding ancient Egyptian names, epithets, titles and phrases. The Egyptians believed that the creator god Ptah brought the world into being by naming everything in it. Names had great power, and kings often over-wrote their own names on the monuments of earlier rulers. A person's name was a vitally important part of them, and the Egyptians were very concerned that their names should be recorded, remembered and spoken. Criminals and those who had fallen out of favour could be punished - wiped out of history - by having their names destroyed or defaced. The hieroglyphic script provided a beautiful, flexible and expressive means to write the names of humans, gods and animals. Angela McDonald explains the meanings of Egyptian personal names and how they were made up (Rameses = 'Ra has given birth to him') and demonstrates how they were written in different ways to convey various shades of meaning. Royal and divine names are always given special treatment. The Egyptians were t always formal, and nicknames were common. Even the names of pet animals are recorded in tomb paintings.
- Author BiographyAngela McDonald lectures in Egyptology at Glasgow University. She has previously taught at Oxford University and at Liverpool University.
- Author(s)Angela McDonald
- PublisherBritish Museum Press
- Date of Publication14/05/2007
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBritish Museum Press
- Content Note50 colour illustrations
- Weight350 g
- Width200 mm
- Height260 mm
- Spine10 mm
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