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Ancient Egyptian Anecdotes
Papyri translations, which have been edited to make them easy for the modern reader.
Ancient Egyptian Anecdotes is now published and available. I invested the earnings from the pre order sales into increasing the print run so you will be able to obtain a copy if you missed out. You can also download the cover as a desktop background for free.
I'm currently working on a version of Ancient Egyptian Anecdotes and a Senet game for the iPad.
I've been using the iPad for about a month and can see all sorts of potential for it. I like it but on my Blog I’ve made some scathing comments about over excited Apple fans who need to calm down. Check out the amazing video of David Kassan doing a finger painting on his iPad. (My Blog)
I've also been taking a look in the app store and found some Egyptian stuff for the iPad - you'll find reviews below.
The iPad does not run Flash on web pages so I’m in the process of changing the website to make it more iPad compatible. It will still have the same functionality but will use jQuery instead of Flash. The Hieroglyphic slide show on this page is an example of jQuery. http://www.discoveringegypt.com/hiero1.htm
The Instruction of Dua-Khety
Dua-Khety sent his son to school and gave him a list of terrible jobs he might end up having to endure if he failed to make the grade. "It is to writings that you must set your mind. Observe the man who has been carried off to a work force."
The list is interesting - the descriptions of occupations give an insight to life in ancient Egypt. Here are a few examples: - The brick layer's life was to be avoided at all costs "His kidneys are painful; he is outside in the wind and lays bricks without a garment. His belt is a cord for his back, a string for his buttocks and his strength has vanished through fatigue and stiffness, He eats bread with his fingers, although he washes himself but once a day. "
And the work of the smith was not to be recommended. "I have seen a coppersmith at his work at the door of his furnace. His fingers were like the claws of the crocodile, and he stank more than fish excrement. "
Hair dressers did not have a salon in those days - they had to walk the street to get trade. "The barber must be up early, crying out, his bowl upon his arm. He takes himself from street to street to seek out someone to shave. He wears out his arms to fill his belly, like bees who eat only according to their work and he shaves until the end of the evening."
Even the more interesting professions which included travel were fraught with danger. "The courier goes abroad after handing over his property to his children, being fearful of the lions and the Asiatics."
My new book - Ancient Egyptian Anecdotes - consists of ancient Egyptian Papyri translations, which have been edited to make them easy for the modern reader.
It's the Ancient Egyptians in their own words supported with background text and full colour illustrations.>
"Truly fascinating; Ancient Egyptian Anecdotes reaches back across millennia to connect the reader with real individuals and their vivid lives."
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Egyptian Apps for the Iphone, Ipod and Ipad
IEgyptian - this is a nice little app - useful if you're travelling to Egypt. The subjects covered are - Government, News, History, Cities, Tourism, Food and artists. The app takes all of its content from Wikipedia which is its weakness - Wiki can sometimes lack authority. However, the app cost 59p (in UK money) so is excellent value for money.
Cairo is a labyrinthine city of bewildering complexity where traffic lights are mere decoration. So here are a few apps to help you get about.
Cairo Manual (£1.19) - supplies a Cairo map, subway information, hotel information, phone directory, simple local language, food information and travel guide.
ProGuides – Cairo (59p) - Introduction to the local culture and history, Travel Tips, Find out where to eat, sleep, and drink. http://ax.itunes.apple.com/gb/app/proguides-cairo/id323393837?mt=8#
Lonely Planet Cairo City Guide (£3.49) - guidebook on your iPhone, best places to see, shop, eat, drink and fully searchable. There’s no need to go online to access detailed street maps. Probably the best of the Cairo guides. http://ax.itunes.apple.com/gb/app/lonely-planet-cairo-city-guide/id337632949?mt=8#
Alexandria Sights – (£1.19) a navigation tool and map to help you locate Museums, statues, theatres, gardens, parks and monuments. http://ax.itunes.apple.com/gb/app/alexandria-sights/id343863690?mt=8#
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