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An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary, Vol. 2: With an Index of English Words, King List, and Geographical List with Indexes, List of Hieroglyphic Characters, Coptic and Semitic Alphabets Paperback – May 1, 1978


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  • Paperback: 733 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (May 1, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486236161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486236162
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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Even though i don't even have the second book yet, I love it!
"ambestagon"
Budge is the best way to go if you are serious about becoming fluent in this beautiful language.
Michelle Michael
This two book set has some merits as an extensive base of heiroglyphic information.
Kat K. Munro

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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Kat K. Munro on January 11, 2001
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This two book set has some merits as an extensive base of heiroglyphic information. It is put together in a fairly easy to use format. HOWEVER!
Please be wary that this is the second half of the complete book. The first volume, or the first half of the dictionary, is not available for purchase. Before you think of purchasing this title, be sure that you have found the first volume, otherwise the back half is more than useless. I purchased this thinking I would easily find the first half, but was proved wrong.
Due to the outdated nature of this material, I recommend you find a more contemporary dictionary of Ancient Egyptian that is in its entirety.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Protocol on May 5, 2003
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This book is very, very old. There's nothing wrong with the scholarship in this book - Budge was no nut case - but about 10% of what's in here is flat wrong because it is outdated. We've learned a considerable amount since the days of Budge. Use Gardiner's Middle Egyptian Grammar, E. O. Faulkner's Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian, and/or Allen's grammar. Budge is still useful, but only for advanced students who know enough to know which parts are wrong. For heaven's sake, if you're just starting out, avoid this book!
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86 of 101 people found the following review helpful By absent_minded_prof on February 22, 2001
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This book contains many hieroglyphs, and offers translation keys, but...
Let me just warn people that real archaeologists, real Egyptologists don't have a whole lot of respect for the author of this book anymore. A lot of conventions in translation have sort of moved on since his time. In the movie "Stargate," they make fun of him a little. They do this because, in the 21st century, people don't really use his writings anymore. You need to be very careful of anything Budge says.
Look for "Egyptian Grammar" by Sir Alan Gardiner. That's the standard textbook, used by real Egyptologists. The magazine KMT is good to know about, too. It's all about ancient Egypt, and is easy to find online.
If you enjoy this type of puzzle-solving, let me recommend a few titles. "The Decipherment of Linear B," by John Chadwick, "Breaking the Maya Code" by Michael Coe, and "The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries" by David Ulansey are all still in print. "Forgotten Scripts" by Cyrus Gordon, and "Voices in Stone" by Ernst Doblhofer are harder to find, but if you ask your local librarian to search for them using interlibrary loan services, he or she will probably find them. It's really worth it... Also, there are still a few ancient scripts out there that no one has deciphered yet. The Indus Valley Script, the Easter Island Script, and the Meroitic script are three of them. The Meroitic script could shed light someday on the issue of how much contact there was between Ancient Egypt and pre-historic Africa. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, at ..., has the best collection around on Meroe, and Meroitic, if anyone's interested. A good book for that script is "Ancient African Civilizations," edited by Stanley Burstein, which contains several useful chapters.
Well, happy deciphering to you!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "ambestagon" on June 29, 2001
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Even though the information in this set is somewhat out of date, after having it for a day, i have learned SO much about hieroglyphics and Egypt. Even though i don't even have the second book yet, I love it! It has a very simple layout. Even a person that knows nothing about Egypt can benefit from this book. I have learned so much from the first volume in one day. This is the best and most complete Hieroglyphic Dictionary that i have come in contact with. I can't wait to find out what else this volume and the second have in store. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to experts and amateurs in the field of Egyptology. I hope everyone benefits from this book as much as i have.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By charlie on June 9, 2004
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This book has had very mixed reactions from those who have read it. Budge was writing at a time when people were unsure of the exact values of certain characters, and when many things about the Ancient Egyptians were still unknown. For this reason there are some strange mistakes in his dictionaries that many advanced scholars now criticse him for.
However, this book does offer one of the largest hieroglyphic dictionaries currently available and for this reason it is indispensable.A casual learner, who wants to be able to read the cartouches that appear on monuments and stelae can do so with Budge's king list.
An advanced scholar though, who needs to know the unusual words that can be found only in Budge's dictionaries, will have enough knowledge to correct his outdated transliteration.
For the casual student I recommend this book intensely, as it helps greatly with cartouches and formulaic inscriptions.
For the more advanced Egyptologist I also recommend this book, as it offers as I have said a far less "concise" version of Faulkner's Concise Dictionary.
P.S If you buy Volume One, do not forget to purchase Volume Two!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 1998
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Both the serious student of Egyptology and the amateur will benefit from owning this book. Both volumes are necessary however, to get the full benefit.
The intro section in volume 1 covers other languages that were contemporary to or were descendants of the hieroglyphics. Actual alphabets are presented as well as similarities and differences in words.
Volume 2 has an extensive king list as well as a section on geographic names. This is useful for students of history, Bible studies, and other subjects besides Egyptology.
Overall, an excellent resource for your library.
Dr. Constance Johnson, Ph.D.
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