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8. The eyes of heaven: pairs and sequences

8. The eyes of heaven: pairs and sequences  

Pinch Geraldine

in Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191775802
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803467.003.0009
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The ‘sacred eye’ of Egypt brings together the two most important elements in Egyptian religion: the solar cult and the Osiris cult. The sacred eye is now one of the best known symbols of ... More
4. Decipherment and undeciphered scripts

4. Decipherment and undeciphered scripts  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777509
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10.1093/actrade/9780199567782.003.0004
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In a technical sense, ‘decipher’ means different things to different scholars. At one end of the spectrum lies Egyptian script which is more or less completely decipherable with just a ... More
1. Writing and its emergence

1. Writing and its emergence  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2009
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10.1093/actrade/9780199567782.003.0001
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We do not need written communication to survive. However, in history, even the most complex society has developed a script or scripts. Writing is a defining marker of civilization. Writing ... More
3. Disappearance of scripts

3. Disappearance of scripts  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2009
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10.1093/actrade/9780199567782.003.0003
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We know more about the death of scripts than we do about their birth. No single theory can encompass why scripts flourish or vanish. Many aspects influence the survival or disappearance of ... More
5. How writing systems work

5. How writing systems work  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2013
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10.1093/actrade/9780199567782.003.0005
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‘How writing systems work’ looks at the history of the academic study of decipherment. Writing systems vary in complexity from European and American alphabetic signs, numerals, punctuation ... More
9. Writing goes electronic

9. Writing goes electronic  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2009
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Electronic writing whether in English, Chinese, Japanese or German, uses the concepts of phoneticism, logography, rebus, and abbreviation, techniques used in ancient Mesopotamia. Computing ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Pinch Geraldine

in Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2004
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Mythology played a huge part in Egyptian culture. People and events from myth permeate Egyptian art, architecture, and literature. Myths figured highly in many of the rituals performed by ... More
3. The gods themselves: deities and myth

3. The gods themselves: deities and myth  

Pinch Geraldine

in Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2004
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803467.003.0004
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Ancient Egyptian deities are more famous for the artistic depictions of them than mythological ones. Egyptian art is often misunderstood. The dominance of royalty in art is seen as ... More
8. Religion: Egyptian gods and temples

8. Religion: Egyptian gods and temples  

Ian Shaw

in Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191776694
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854193.003.0008
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Throughout the history of Egyptian religion, the cults of minor deities were continually being absorbed into those whose cults were more favoured or widespread by the rulers of that time. ... More
4. Writing: the origins and implications of hieroglyphs

4. Writing: the origins and implications of hieroglyphs  

Ian Shaw

in Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2004
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Sep 2013
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Egyptian hieroglyphs are made up of ideograms and phonetic signs. The connection between writing and art was much stronger in pharaonic Egypt than in many other cultures. There is a third ... More
Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction

Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction  

Ian Shaw

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Jul 2004
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854193.001.0001
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Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction describes how our current ideas about Egypt are based not only on the thrilling discoveries made by early Egyptologists but also on ... More
6. Alphabets

6. Alphabets  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2009
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10.1093/actrade/9780199567782.003.0006
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Even more unknowable than the origins of writing are origins of the first alphabet. We accept that the alphabet reached the modern world via the ancient Greeks. We do not know how or when ... More
2. Development and diffusion of writing

2. Development and diffusion of writing  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2009
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10.1093/actrade/9780199567782.003.0002
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After writing had been ‘invented’ in Mesopotamia, or Egypt, it diffused across the world. Did it go eastwards to India, China, and Japan? Did it go westwards to Europe and Meso-America? Or ... More
3. Making Egyptian art and architecture

3. Making Egyptian art and architecture  

Christina Riggs

in Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2014
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Oct 2014
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9780191781261
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10.1093/actrade/9780199682782.003.0003
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‘Making Egyptian art and architecture’ looks at the evidence for how artists, craftspeople, and architects, such as Irtysen from around 2000 bc, learned their trades and carried out their ... More
1. The myth of Egypt: imagined Egypts

1. The myth of Egypt: imagined Egypts  

Pinch Geraldine

in Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2004
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9780191775802
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803467.003.0002
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The Egyptians were gifted at creating striking visible symbols to illustrate complex ideas. An obelisk, such as Cleopatra's needle, is a sculptural representation of a mythological place ... More
4. The beautiful moment: creation myths

4. The beautiful moment: creation myths  

Pinch Geraldine

in Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2004
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9780191775802
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803467.003.0005
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Egyptologists and theologians have always been fascinated by the Shabaquo Stone which preserves the contents of a scroll. The text of this scroll is the Memphite Theology and is a major ... More
7. Death: mummification, dismemberment, and the cult of Osiris

7. Death: mummification, dismemberment, and the cult of Osiris  

Ian Shaw

in Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2004
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9780191776694
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854193.003.0007
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Osiris, the god of the dead and the afterlife, is one of the earliest in the Egyptian pantheon, probably starting off as a fertility god linked with agriculture, and maybe even also the ... More
6. Identity: issues of ethnicity, race, and gender

6. Identity: issues of ethnicity, race, and gender  

Ian Shaw

in Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191776694
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854193.003.0006
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9780192854193
Questions of identity pervade the subject of Egyptology. What was it like to be an ancient Egyptian? How did they distinguish themselves from their neighbouring nations? ‘Identity: issues ... More
1. Introduction: the story so far

1. Introduction: the story so far  

Ian Shaw

in Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191776694
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854193.003.0001
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9780192854193
In 1898, the Narmer Palette was uncovered, one of the few surviving artefacts from the Nile Valley. It is an iconic example of an artefact from which a vast amount of information about ... More
Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction  

Andrew Robinson

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777509
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199567782.001.0001
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book
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9780199567782
Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction explains how early forms of writing developed into hundreds of scripts including the Roman alphabet and Chinese characters. ... More

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