The Ramblings of a Trainee Egyptologist

A masters student's journey through the world of Ancient Egypt, Ancient History and Academia.



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Online Resource Véga accessible now!

The Véga “Vocabulary of the Ancient Egyptians” project that I have mentioned in previous posts is now accessible online and it is pretty awesome – you can get access to a free trial here:


Hieratic Continued

In February last year, I introduced my foray into hieratic as “Squiggle, line, ink splodge…” and I noted that I found it surprising after 3 years of Middle and Late Egyptian that it was hard to engage with. A year on, Continue reading “Hieratic Continued”

Beginning Hieratic

Squiggle, line, ink splodge…

I am beginning to learn to read hieratic after 3 years of hieroglyphs (both Middle and Late Egyptian) and I cannot believe how hard it is to start! After hours of looking at it, side by side with the facsimile of the hieroglyph version, I am only just identifying the different shapes and starting to see how it all works together.

I am thinking that the best way to attack learning this is to look at texts this way and also learn the shapes of the consonants and then working up from there – has anyone done this? Does anyone have any tips or tricks to upskilling in hieratic?


Image Reference: Scribe’s exercise tablet by One dead president, David Liam Moran (Own work) CC BY-SA 3.0.

For Resources on Hieratic have a look at my resources page.


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