An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary, with an Index Indexes, List of Hieroglyphic Characters, Coptic and. Semitic Alphabets, etc. By Sir E. A. Wallis Budge. An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary: With an Index of English Words, King List and Author: Budge, E. A. Wallis (Ernest Alfred Wallis), Sir, Volume 2 of 2. These volumes are a comprehensive dictionary of Egyptian hieroglyphics translated into English for the serious student of Egyptian texts.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary, Vol. At last, an Heiroglyphic dictionary of Egyptian hieroglyphics. This monumental work—long out of print, a very hard and rare book to find—was prepared by one of the foremost Egyptologists of the century.

It contains nearly 28, words or terms that occur in hieroglyphic texts dating bucge the Third Dynasty through the Roman period, roughly from B. It is the on At last, an English dictionary of Egyptian hieroglyphics.

It is the only complete English dictionary available anywhere. For students, teachers, collectors, libraries, museums or anyone seriously interested in deciphering ancient Egyptian writings, magical formulas or inscriptions for themselves, this book is a must! Arranged alphabetically, each entry consists of the transliteration of the word, the word in hieroglyphs, the meaning in English, and often, a literary or other textual source where the word can be found. The entries in the page main dictionary include all the gods and goddesses as well as other mythological beings, the principle kings of Egypt, and geographical names.

Professor Budge also gives in the beginning a full list of the most frequently used hieroglyphic characters arranged, after the manner of printers’ Egyptian-type catalogues, by pictorial similarity men, women, gods and goddesses, parts of the body, animals, birds, reptiles, fish, insects, plants, sacred vessels, weapons, measures, etc. The secondary aids are quite extensive over pages worth and most useful.

In the second volume, there’s an index of English words with 60, entries. This forms an extremely handy English-Egyptian glossary. Also included in this volume are hieroglyphic lists of royal and geographical names with separate indexes to these listsand indexes of Coptic and non-Egyptian words quoted in the dictionary itself with a separate section for non-Egyptian geographical names. The long, scholarly and informative introduction outlines the history of the decipherment in Europe of Egyptian hieroglyphs and lexicography citing such pioneers as Akerblad, Young, Champollion le Jeune, Birch, Lepsius, Brugsch, Chabas, Goodwin E.

Everything you need to study hieroglyphs is in these two volumes.

Paperbackpages. An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Feb 06, Banole rated it it was amazing. The two volume Hieroglyphic Dictionary is still a very useful work.

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This massive work is well organized. You should buy BOTH volumes 1 and 2 in order to properly use the dictionary. Keep in mind that volume 2 contains the various indexes for both volumes and part of the huge dictionary of ancient Egyptian words and the index of all the English words.

So you need both volumes! There are numerous very useful comments and insights into the ancient cultures of the Nile. Budge was an expert in Semitic The two volume Hieroglyphic Dictionary is still a very useful work. Budge was an expert in Semitic languages and in Coptic. He was a talented and skilled linguist who could read the ancient Egyptian language as well, if not better than most scholars today. Many points of ancient Egyptian grammar and exact word meanings are unknown and much of what passes for “modern scholarship” is mere guesswork!


It is interesting to note that people who can’t read a word of ancient Egyptian have the audacity to criticize a profoundly erudite and talented linguist and translator of many ancient Semitic and ancient Egyptian text. After many, many years of study of almost every aspect of ancient Egypt culture, Budge abandoned the pure assertion that ancient Egypt was an “Oriental” or “Eastern culture”. Africa is not a part of human history; Ancient Egypt belongs to Europe.

Hegel’s children are still among us. The concept of the “ka” and the “ba” are found almost everywhere in Black Africa today! The ancient Egyptians were: In spite of the anti-African racism that we find in his earlier and even his later works, Budge rose above the strong prejudices of his time and followed the facts. The facts led to the heart of Africa, not to Asia. Budge seems to be thinking out aloud when he writes in the Introduction of Vol.

But even admitting all the similarities that Erman has claimed. There is, it is true, much in the Pyramid Texts that recalls points and details of Semitic Grammar,but after deducting all the triliteral roots, there still remains a very large number of words that are not Egyptizn, and were never invented by a Semitic people.

These words are monosyllabic, and were invented by one of the oldest African or Hamitic, if that word be preferred ,peoples in the Valley of the Nile of whose written language we have any remains. These words are used to express fundamental relationships and feelings, and beliefs which are peculiarly African and are foreign in every particular to Semitic peoples.

Dictipnary primitive home of the people who bdge these words lay far to the south of Egypt, and all that we know of the Predynastic Egyptians suggests that it was in the neighborhood of the Great Lakes, probably to the east of them”.

Like Champollion,Budge was a true scholar who followed the facts where dictionafy those facts led. Many modern African scholars have confirmed that the language of ancient Egypt was a “typical” Black African language. No competent linguist can demonstrate that the language hierogltphic ancient Egypt has any genetic relationship to the Semitic languages Theophile Obenga, a native speaker dlctionary Mbochi, Lingala and several other African languages, has put forth a new classification of African languages based on modern linguistics.

When you study the dictionarg of ancient Egypt you study an ancient Black African language Budge dared follow the truth-even if it led him outside of the Eurocentric white supremacy intellectual paradigm. Most Eurocentric scholars go along with the program-they place tenure,acceptance and prestige above scholarship. The world of Western scholarship can sometimes be too narrowtoo petty and too deeply rooted in its religious,cultural and racial dogmas.

Ethnocentrism seems to almost always distort scholarship. Budge’s two volume dictionary is often slandered because of his dictiojary of transliteration and the so-called “advances” made in understanding and translating the language of ancient Nile Valley Egypto-Nubian civilizations. Modern African scholars such as Theophile Obenga, Cheikh Anta Diop, Babacar Sall and a host of others have demonstrated time and time again that the language of “Ancient Egypt” can be only fully understand within its Black African social, religious, ethnic and cultural contexts.


The old Greenberg classification of African languages must be rejected in the face of the works of Obenga. It is now understood that the language of ancient Egypt can not be fully understood outside of its Negro African cultural, ethnic, social and religious context.

This huge two volume dictionary would be egyotian welcomed addition to any serious student of the ancient language of Kmt Egypt. Jun 30, Kim rated it it was amazing Shelves: I avoided Budge for years because of Daniel Jackson, yes the fictional character, disparaging him in Hierpglyphic.

An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary, Vol. 1

Eventually, though, I wanted easy access to the actual arrangement a wild mess of art over form or form over art but ha ha which one is in use at any given moment doesn’t have a determinative to guide us! It was still early after I avoided Budge for years because of Daniel Jackson, yes the fictional victionary, disparaging him in Stargate. It was still early after the initial decipherment and he was so obviously an enthusiastic and sometimes fanciful learner, kind of like Sir Arthur Evans is in the Minoan domain.

hierlglyphic I like reading Budge’s work, and comparing it with more modern interpretation. There’s big and little phonetic variants, but a lot of the lexical stuff is reasonably sound, inasmuch as we’ll ever read ancient Egyptian – especially hapax legomenon or rarely used configurations – with confidence.

Jun 12, Jenny rated it it was amazing Shelves: It takes a while for the new coming reader to get used to the way the dictionary is laid out because it’s chronicled using the Ancient Egyptian alphabetic chart according to Champollion and other sources, namely the author: It has helped me out in sticky spots where I didn’t know a word sometimes it seemed like it was a hapax Legomenon, but proved not to be.

Dec 20, Omowale Jabali rated it really liked it Shelves: The most comprehensive book on this area of study that I have read to date. Budge did a good job explaining in plain English the meaning of personal and place names which can be used to interpret sacred texts such as the Pert em Hru and the Pyramid Texts. Feb 06, Meltha marked it as to-read Shelves: Had a big red sticker on it, so I didn’t realize it’s volume 1 of 2. Jess rated it it was amazing Nov 21, Jason Parker rated it it was amazing Mar 29, Kirstjen rated it really liked it Jun 16, Kristen Ross rated it it was amazing Apr 24, Clifton Toliver rated it it was amazing Oct 02, Ian Apperley rated it liked it Nov 14, Kayla rated it it was ok Jan 31, Michael Duckworth rated it it was amazing Jun 20, Rachelle Rosario rated it it was amazing Jan 10, Sarah rated it liked it Sep 05, Ara Krisha rated it it was amazing Nov 16, Richard rated it really liked it May 25, Aldon Thomas rated it liked it Sep 18, Brad Thompson rated it it was amazing Oct 09, Abdelhameed Mousa rated it it was amazing Feb 18, Sara rated it it was ok Jan 21, Chris Winkler rated it it was ok Jul 02, Milan Stojkovic rated it it was amazing May 23,