When my friends and I catch ourselves using Egyptian words in everyday conversation.
i.e., “We’re all in the same dpt”
Momentarily forgetting the order of the English alphabet after flipping through dictionaries of transliterated Egyptian for hours.
I did not just spend a good few seconds thinking “d” is at the end of our alphabet.
^The looks I get while discussing The Contendings of Horus and Seth in public.
Horus—Falcon Figurine, ca. 1070-525 (Third Intermediate-Late Periods)
This exquisite rendering of Horus in his falcon form is made of gold and silver. A symbol of both the sky and kingship (c. 4th millennium), Horus played a critical role in the Ancient Egyptian religion. In this figure, he dons the double-crown of Upper and Lower Egypt.
"You study…archaeology AND texts? Really?"
Yes…why is this concept met with such incredulity?
Normal people’s reaction to the “language knowledge” section of a Near Eastern Studies resumé.
[“Reading proficient in (modern languages)+(random ancient language(s) the majority of people don’t know exist)=bewilderment]
"Go check the Wörterbuch."
The monument of a man is his goodness…
mnw pw n z(j) nfrw.f
-Stela of Mentuhotep
What I feel like every time I explain, “They’re hieroGLYPHS not hieroGLYPHICS. It’s a hieroGLYPHIC system that uses hieroGLYPHS.”
"You must pass at least four language proficiency exams within the next 1.5 years.”
…Ancient History conundrums.