Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The Tale of Peter Rabbit: Hieroglyph Edition

How good are your glyphs?    
The Tale of Peter Rabbit: Hieroglyph Edition: If you're an aspiring Egyptologist or just trying to learn Hieroglyphic script, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit Hieroglyph Edition," might be a good place to start. The complete text from the famous story was transcribed word for word to script from Egypt around the time of the Middle Kingdom.

As with any language, some of the words are hard to translate directly, but Richard Parkinson and John Nunn, expert translators from the British Museum, maintain the story line as accurately as possible with the limited vernacular offered through Hieroglyphic script. The text (above right) translates the first page of the story: "Once upon a time, there were four little rabbits and their names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter..." Peter Rabbit is denoted by a semi-circle, an ellipse and rabbit image.

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