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Middle Egyptian


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Lesson 1. Language and writing; Essay 1. Ancient Egyptian history; Lesson 2. Unliteral signs; Essay 2. Ancient Egyptian geography; Lesson 3. Multiliteral signs; Essay 3. Ancient Egyptian society; Lesson 4. Nouns; Essay 4. The gods; Lesson 5. Pronouns; Essay 5. The gods on Earth; Lesson 6. Adjectives; Essay 6. The king's names; Lesson 7. Adjectival and nominal sentences; Essay 7. Human nature; Lesson 8. Prepositions and adverbs; Essay 8. Death and the afterlife; Lesson 9. Numbers; Essay 9. Egyptian chronology; Lesson 10. Adverbial sentences; Essay 10. Maat; Lesson 11. Non-verbal sentences; Essay 11. The world before creation; Lesson 12. Verbs; Essay 12. The creation of the world; Lesson 13. The infinitival forms; Essay 13. The creative word; Lesson 14. The pseudo-verbal construction; Essay 14. The Memphite theology; Lesson 15. The imperative and particles; Essay 15. The creator; Lesson 16. The stative; Essay 16. Heresy; Lesson 17. The sdm.n.f; Essay 17. Phonology and writing; Lesson 18. The sdm.f; Essay 18. Egyptian literature; Lesson 19. The other forms of the suffix conjugation; Essay 19. Middle Egyptian wisdom literature; Lesson 20. Adverb clauses; Essay 20. Middle Egyptian stories; Lesson 21. Noun clauses; Essay 21. Historical texts; Lesson 22. Relative clauses; Essay 22. Religious texts; Lesson 23. The active participle; Essay 23. Hymns and poetry; Lesson 24. The passive participle; Essay 24. Non-literary texts; Lesson 25. Emphatic sentences; Essay 25. Letters; Lesson 26. Middle Egyptian grammar; Essay 26. Grammatical theory; Where to go from here; Sign list; Dictionary; Text references; Indices; Answers to the exercises.

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The only grammar that incorporates the most recent understanding of Middle Egyptian and a basic introduction to ancient Egyptian culture.

About the Author

James P. Allen is the Charles Edwin Wilbour Professor of Egyptology at Brown University. He is a former curator of Egyptian art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and president of the International Association of Egyptologists. His previous publications include Genesis in Egypt: The Philosophy of Ancient Egyptian Creation Accounts (1989), The Heqanakht Papyri (2002), The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts (2005), The Debate between a Man and his Soul (2010) and The Ancient Egyptian Language, An Historical Study (2013).


'The third edition breaks much new ground from the earlier editions, incorporating many new ideas on the verb, from the author's research. This book encourages the reader to consider the ancient language as a means of expression and not just a set of grammatical rules.' Nigel Strudwick, Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge
'Professor Allen has once again demonstrated his mastery of the ancient Egyptian language by providing a new edition of his grammar that is fresh and daring.' Ronald J. Leprohon, University of Toronto
'A user-friendly introduction teeming with novel insights; essential reading for all students and researchers in Egyptology.' Sami Uljas, Uppsala University
'This new edition of Middle Egyptian, completely revised, makes complex grammatical issues with which students often struggle far more accessible. It will also be of interest to those fascinated by the language but who come to it from outside Egyptology.' Troy Leiland Sagrillo, Swansea University
'This third, thoroughly revised edition, of the most successful teaching grammar of Middle Egyptian provides an integrated, step-by-step introduction to the script, language, and culture of the classical period of ancient Egypt, leading the student to a direct experience of the original texts. Written by one of the most distinguished scholars in the field and richly exemplified, the text is equally suited for the classroom and for self-study.' Andreas Stauder, Swiss National Science Foundation and Universitat Basel
'This is an indispensable volume for students of Egyptology, archaeology, historical linguistics, or even laymen who are interested in learning Egyptian.' Kariema El Touny, The Linguist List

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