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Ancient Letters

From the mid-second century BC, – A petition from the village of Oxyrhyncha to the King and Queen of Egypt.

To King Ptolemy and Queen Kleopatra, his sister, the mother-loving gods, greetings from Petesouchos son of Petos, Crown cultivator from Oxyrhyncha in the Arsinoite nome (province).

I live in Kerkeosiris in the said nome, and there belongs to me in the village of Oxyrhyncha a house inherited from my father, possessed by him for the period of his lifetime and by myself after his death up to the present day with no dispute.

But Stratonike daughter of Ptolemaios, an inhabitant of Krokodilonpolis, mischievously wishing to practise extortion on me, came with other persons against the my house and forced her way in laying claim to it wrongfully before any judgement has been given.

I therefore pray you, mighty gods, if you see fit, to send my petition to Menekrates the archisomatophylax (archbodyguard) and strategos, (administrative assistant to the commanding officer) so that he may order Stratonike not to force her ways into my house, but, if she thinks she has a grievance, to get redress from me in the proper manner.

If this is done, I shall have received succour. Farewell.


Since the last newsletter I’ve been working through a list of jobs that were on hold during the Carlton Books ‘Egypt World’ project.

Hieroglyphs-appA big update to Egyptian Hieroglyphs for iPad which included 177 new hieroglyphs from the Gardiner code:- K – Fishes, L- Invertebrates, M – Trees and Plants, N- Sky, Earth and Water, O- Buildings and P- Ships. There was a bug in this update for people who are running IOS6 – the screen did not rotate properly so I fixed this and also added Q- Domestic & Funerary Furniture hieroglyph images.

Egyptian Hieroglyphs – iPad

Egyptian Hieroglyphs – Windows

Blackberry PlayBook

I’ve been giving much thought to getting Egyptian Hieroglyphs working constantly on all the multitude of different Android devices.

Fuming Vexed

I’ve also just finished the game ‘Fuming Vexed’ for ipad/iphone etc. There are 48 game packs each with 60 levels and five graphic theme packs representing Egyptian gods, Mayan art, Celtic art, Chinese characters. Fuming Vexed

Ramesseum Second Court

Ramesseum2I’ve just finished Ramesseum Second Court limited edition fine art print – I’ve held back edition numbers for people who bought Opet Festival at Karnak to make a matched pairs.

The Ramesseum is the mortuary temple (public tomb) of Pharaoh Ramesses II. It is located in the Theban necropolis on the western side of the Nile near the modern city of Luxor. Today the remains of the second court include the Osiride portico in front of the hypostyle hall. Its Osiride pillars and columns together with the scattered remains of the two seated granite statues of the king give an idea of the building’s original splendor.

This reconstruction shows an elderly pharaoh, possibly Ramesses II, and his entourage in the foreground. To the left are three priests consulting papyrus scrolls, in the background we can see and elderly priest being helped down the steps and in front of the left statue four priests are bowing before an offering table.

Ramesseum Second Court – See it in detail >>


hieroglyphs-ipadAd2Ancient Egyptian artifacts deteriorate in Cairo’s central museum due to poor conditions.

This is something I’ve been grumbling about for years; after my many visits to Egypt were I’ve seen, first hand, inexcusable archaeological incompetence.

In fact I believe the current generation of Egyptologists should halt all excavations, concentrate their efforts in preserving what we have and leave stuff in the ground were it is safe so that future generations will have things to excavate.

But I believe most Egyptologists are more concerned with their careers than the welfare of the artefacts they dig up. I’m sure lots of people will disagree with me.

Egypt’s ancient artifacts crumble >>

Royal procession scene from Faraon

A unique screening of Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s masterpiece in a company of Egyptian mummies at Manchester Museum
It’s Free Friday, 14 June 2013 at 18:00
In this Academy Award nominated epic story set in ancient Egypt Pharaoh Ramses XIII defies tradition by assuming command of the military, a post usually occupied by priest. His defiance leads to a battle between those loyal to Ramses XIII and the power structure of priests. The priests try to foll the people by capitalizing on a solar eclipse, but Ramses XIII realizes the event is only a natural phenomenon. Impressive battle scenes and periods costumes from ancient Egypt add to this colorful epic historical drama.

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The royal procession scene from the monumental Polish film Faraon (1966)

Dr Joann Fletcher BBC Videos

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Daily life in Ancient Egypt 

Marriage and family in Ancient Egypt

Mummification in Ancient Egypt 

The afterlife in Ancient Egypt

Tombs in Ancient Egypt 


Hieroglyphic Print Machine write secret ancient Egyptian messages to your friends and have fun creating all sorts Egyptian themed stuff with your printer.
Find out more >>

News

Head of Ramses II in Akhmim removed and stored

New antiquities minister aims to protect Egypt’s heritage

Lost ancient underwater city revealed

Giza Plateau cleaned of garbage and dung

Angry about Senefru pyramid deterioration?

Builders of Giza pyramids ate 1,814kg of meat every day

Ancient Egypt on Facebook

Anecdotes2

Discovering Ancient Egypt
Secrets of Ancient Egypt
The Heritage Of Egypt Magazine
AboutEgypt
recreaciones del antiguo egipto
Ancient Egypt News
Civilization of ancient Egypt
King Godsfather Ay
Ancient Egypt
Ancient E-Gypt
The Southampton Ancient Egypt Society

 


Discovering Egypt Mobile
The mobile phone version of the Discovering Egypt website.

Note: – pages automatically adjust for phones, tablets and computers but page layout is optimised for phones. It is not finished, is a work in progress. The completed pages so far are Pyramids and Kings and Queens
*Click Here*


Discovering Ancient Egypt on Facebook


Newsletter 030


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Ancient Letters

From the archive of Menches

Menches was a scribe from the town of Kerkeosiris and lived around 114BC – his writings, on papyrus, were recycled as wrappings for mummified crocodiles, which were discovered at the beginning of the twentieth century.

To Horos, greetings.

On the first day of this month at about the eleventh hour (about 5 p.m.) a disturbance occurred in the village, and on running out we found a crowd of the villagers who had come to the assistance of Polemon, who is performing the duties of epistates (superintendent or overseer) of the village.

When we inquired into the matter, they informed us that Apollodoros and his son Maron had assaulted Polemon and that Apollodoros had escaped, but Maron had been put in prison and had appeared before Ptolemaios, the king’s cousin and strategos (military governor). We thought it well to notify the matter for your information.
Good-bye.

The 3rd year, Mesore 2 (18 August 114 BC)


I’ve been working on a big project for Carlton Books which has taken up all my time and for commercial reasons I was not allowed to go public with the details until now. It is a hardback book called Egyptworld, aimed at age group 8+ and forms part of a series of books that have already sold over 350,000 worldwide.

My job was to create meticulous double page illustrations of temple/pyramid recreations as well as every day life and all the scenes are populated with ancient Egyptian people going about their business. The book is due for publication in Autumn 2013.

You can get Egyptworld here>>

I made these images as 3D computer generated scenes and although Carlton owns the rights the actual illustrations in the book I own the 3D scenes. Carlton has given me permission to make series of new images from these scenes for myself but from a different perspective.

A limited edition of these images are going to be printed on Fine Art cotton paper some of which are ear marked for exhibition in museums with the rest only available to subscribers of this newsletter and my discovering Egypt Facebook page. The first of the series is entitled “Opet Festival at Karnak” and is now available –
If you would like to see ‘Opet Festival at Karnak’ click here.

I must say a word of the thanks to Russell Porter and the team at Carlton who have been a joy to work with and have given me the opportunity to produce some of the finest works of art of my career.

Ancient Egyptian Religion

By Brian Alm. Published in Egyptological, Magazine, 2012

Part 1 –  The Conceptual Foundations
Part 2 – Concepts of Creation, God, and Eternity
Part 3 – Temples, Festivals and Personal Piety
Part 4 – Preparing for Eternity
Part 5 – The Mansion of Millions of Years
Part 6 – Art for Eternity
Part 7 – Roots Too Deep to Dislodge

Explore Ancient Egypt – free on-line magazine.
This well researched and illustrated bi-monthly Magazine covers a wide range of topics about ancient Egypt – An excellent resource.

SolarBoat


Hieroglyphs-appEgyptian Hieroglyphs

Over 1000 glyph illustrations including 400 Egyptian word examples and over 500 hieroglyphs from the Gardiner list.

The Hieroglyphic Typewriter and Math Calculator with a QWERTY keyboard. Alphabet and number symbols together with a selection of determinative signs. You can quickly write names and short secret messages and then with
iPad version
Android version 
Blackberry Playbook Version
Windows Version


Egypt’s Great Battle – Video

On Discovery Channel’s series, “Egypt’s Ten Greatest Discoveries,” discover how pharaohs defended their land and how they were seen in the eyes of the people.
There are over 30 videos to watch here>>


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The Society for the Study of Ancient Egypt

(SSAE) promotes interest in Egyptology and the history of the ancient Nile Valley civilizations.  The site has a listing of lecture programs and a members’ Library of books, periodicals and videos.  Well worth a look >>

News

‘Imagining Egypt’ has sold out world wide – Some secondhand copies available on Amazon. My publisher has mentioned printing a second edition or a paperback version but nothing certain as yet. I will keep you informed on developments. In the meantime my second book ‘Ancient Egyptian Anecdotes’ is still available in various formats. (see below).

Ancient Egyptian Cemetery Holds Proof of Hard Labour 
Heretic Pharaoh Akhenaten’s capital was no paradise for many adults and children.

Hyksos buildings are the latest ancient discovery in Tel Habuwa

Archaeologists uncover ancient sundial in Upper Egypt

Ancient Shoes Turn Up in Egypt Temple 

Newly discovered colossi of Amenhotep III to be restored

Mini-pyramids of the kingdom of Kush:
Archaeologists discover 35 burial chambers in Sudan desert with fascinating links to Ancient Egypt

Hatshepsut’s limestone chapel at Karnak to open soon


Hieroglyphic Print Machine write secret ancient Egyptian messages to your friends and have fun creating all sorts Egyptian themed stuff with your printer.
Find out more >>

The Giza Plateau in 3D

Giza 3D PDF

Download the images

Interactive Website

Giza Plateau Mapping Project


Ancient Egypt Magazine

The free trial issue for Ipad and Android contains the latest news from the Egyptian correspondent Ayman Wahby Taher. Michael Zimmerman explores the shift from morbid curiosity to a more scientific approach to mummies. Charlotte Booth meets The Boy King, Robert Partridge considers the Exhibition in London, – ˜Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs’ and Stephanie Roberts tells the story of the real Cleopatra’s Needle. *Click Here*


Pharaon Magazine – a French Language journal

Exhibitions and Lectures

Manchester Ancient Egypt Society 2013 Lecture Programme

Ancient Egypt Magazine events diary


The Hieroglyphic Typewriter


Very Old Newsletters from the distant past>>