“I’m not interested in telling you what I already know–that’s ‘homework’ last time I checked. I’m rather interested in sharing with you the process of discovery that I’ve made by investigating something that I didn’t know or really only had a superficial knowledge about.”
I really identify with this quote from Ken Burns (his Masterclass lesson 3). As I have stated before, I have no official credentials relating to ancient Egypt, but I have done a ton of research on my own, and am anxious to share my conclusions.
That same old chestnut!
What is the origin of the word “cartouche”? Once again, I have come across the popular, but I feel incorrect, folk etymology of the term “cartouche” (the oval frames within which royal and divine names were written in ancient Egypt), this time in a letter to the editor in the Spring issue of Biblical Archeology…
BlueInk (paid) Review of Cartouches, Field Guide and Identification Key
Cartouches: Field Guide and Identification Key John R. Sharp Carolina Academic Press, 350 pages, (paperback) $29.95, 9781531022679 (Reviewed: November 2022) John R. Sharp’s casual, chatty style and contagious appreciation for hieroglyphs —“perfectly proportioned, highly detailed miniature works of art” — makes his field guide enticing to read cover to cover, rather than consulted only occasionally,…
Errata: Cartouches, Field Guide and Identification Key
Frontispiece: Should read “Deities write the name of Ramses II on leaves of the Tree of Life.” PP 3-4: The Rosetta Stone did not include the name of Cleopatra, only Ptolemy. Cleopatra’s name was discovered written in hieroglyphs and Greek on the Philae Obelisk.
Book Review: The Great Name, Ancient Egyptian Royal Titulary, by Ronald J Leprohon
I saw this book cited in an online article. The back cover explains that “this volume includes all rulers’ names from the so-called Dynasty 0 (ca. 3200 B.C.E.) to the last Ptolemaic ruler in the late first century B.C.E, offered in transliteration and English translation with an introduction and notes.” I immediately ordered a copy…
How do you type hieroglyphs, anyway?
In Cartouches, a Field Guide, I use LaserHIEROGLYPHICS from Linguist’s Software, Inc, by Philip Barton Payne. Due to the immense number of hieroglyphs listed in Gardiner’s Egyptian Grammar, you need five fonts and a crazy assortment of key stroke combinations to type all the signs. As soon as you receive the fonts from the company,…
Why “Egypt Field Guides,” if only one book has been published?
There are more Field Guides in the works. Next to come out will be Ancient Egypt, a Field Guide, a visual dictionary of ancient Egypt. It seems that every surface in Egyptian sites or on artifacts is covered with hieroglyphs and drawings. While you will not learn to read the ancient language, “Ancient Egypt” help…
Announcing publication of Cartouches, a Field Guide and Identification Key, by Carolina Academic Press.
Cartouches: A Field Guide leads the reader chronologically through the cartouches (name rings) of over 120 pharaohs, queens and even Roman emperors and Macedonian kings who ruled ancient Egypt over a period of 3,000 years. These include the Old Kingdom pyramid builders, Tutankhamen, Ramses the Great, Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, and Caesar Augustus. The Field Guide differs…