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Posted by on Sep 23, 2012 in Science |

After 37 years of work thrown translations of an ancient Egyptian language

After 37 years of work thrown translations of an ancient Egyptian language

Researchers at the University of Chicago took 37 years to compile a dictionary of ancient Egyptian language, offering a never before seen look into the daily life of the population of one of the cradles of human civilization.

The Egyptian Demotic was the Language used by the common Egyptian population from 500 to. C. to 500 d. C., where all administrative documents, personal, literary, scientific and religious were written in Demotic (used uppercase by convention to avoid confusion with the demotic Greek).

The language was the most used during the Greek and Roman occupations, and its importance is that it was one of the three was the Rosetta Stone , a rock carved with a text written in Greek, demotic and hieroglyphics, which allowed the modern Egyptologists to translate for the first time in modern Egyptian hieroglyphs in 1822.

The dictionary is available online , and a sample of the current language influence is seen in words recognized by all as ‘adobe’, which is ‘brick’ in Demotic-and ‘Ebony’.

Link: Talk like an Egyptian: Ancient Demotic language translated (NBC News)

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