Two newly deciphered papyri from Egypt dating to the third century A.D. contain spells that deal with love and control, according to a report from Discovery News.
Richard Parkinson, Professor of Egyptology at Oxford University, gave the annual LGBT History Month Lecture last week, introduced by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson. He spoke on LGBT heritage in world cultures, which he has researched for his book, A Little Gay History.
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?
For Resources on Hieratic have a look at my resources page.
Some segments of Love Poems from Ancient Egypt
“My arms spread out to embrace her; my heart bounds in its place, like the red fish in its pond. O night, be mine forever, now that my queen has come!” 
“The wild goose soars and swoops, it alights in the nets; many birds swarm about, I have work to do. I am held fast by my love, alone, my heart meets your heart, from your beauty I’ll not part.” 
“I shall not leave you, my hand is in your hand; you and I shall wander in all place fair.” 
Have a love-ly day!
 Lichtheim, Miriam. “Love Poems from the Cairo Vase 1266 + 25218 III. A Collection.” In Ancient Egyptian Literature: A Book of Readings, Vol. 2. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2006.
 Lichtheim, Miriam. “Love Poems from Papyrus Harris 500 II.b The Second Collection 3.” In Ancient Egyptian Literature: A Book of Readings, Vol. 2. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2006.
 Lichtheim, Miriam. “Love Poems from Papyrus Harris 500 II.b The Second Collection 6.” In Ancient Egyptian Literature: A Book of Readings, Vol. 2. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2006.
A project is being worked on to create an online dictionary to bring together up to date resources on Ancient Egyptian vocabulary for both experts and amateurs alike. Such an amazing project, find out more here: The project in brief | Vega – Vocabulary of Ancient Egyptian.