Tutankhamen: A mummy story for grown-ups

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  1. the man says:

    Tutankhamun not Tutankhamen

    • Andreas Schou says:

      Either is an acceptable transliteration, though ‘-amun’ is more conventional, and ‘-amon’ is more consistent with how the name root is transliterated elsewhere. Egyptians didn’t use the Roman alphabet, there isn’t a single consistent system of transliteration, and there’s no reason other than silly formalism to impose one now.

      • Wreckrob8 says:

        It is not simply a question of transliteration. The Egyptian script itself frequently ignored and omitted vowels. Often the correct vowelling of a word (it was a semitic language) is not actually known anyway.

        • Raggle Fock says:

          It should be noted that Berber, Egyptian (including Coptic), Hausa, Somali, and many other related languages within the wider area of Northern Africa and the Middle East do not belong to the specific Semitic group, but are related the larger Afroasiatic language family of which the Semitic languages are also a subgroup. Yay wikipedia?

          • Wreckrob8 says:

            Yes. I did not check it, I was not absolutely sure. But I think the fundamental point about grammatical structure and vowelling holds. Sent from my BlackBerry® smartphone on O2

    • Robert says:

      Spell it the right way: feather, bed on water, bread, chick, bread, ankh, crook, UML input connector, plant. And if you don’t put it in a cartouche, may Sobek attempt to give you oral.

    • That’s actually addressed in the book. There are many correct ways to spell Tut’s name because, like several other ancient languages in that part of the world, the Egyptians didn’t include vowels in written language. We know what the general sound was, but we don’t actually know what vowels were supposed to be in the name. 

  2. VicqRuiz says:

    Maggie -

    Wondering if you’ve read one of my favorite history books ever -

    Tutankhamun – life and death of a Pharaoh by Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt

    and if so, how Tyldesly’s book compares.

  3. strangefriend says:

    The Ancient Egyptians were black, as  W.E.B. DuBois, Chancellor Williams, Cheikh Anta Diop, John G. Jackson, Ivan van Sertima, and Martin Bernal stated.

  4. Amelia_G says:

    just learned there’s a King Tut-like Viking ship burial, namely Oseberg! Only in this case the king was a queen. Fanciest Viking ship burial excavated so far.

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