44 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters (Egypt)

    • I am aware of similar information on the web and trying to understand it. The analogy is that it wouldn’t help to understand the letters or content of a Chinese poem, even if I am given a thick volume of Chinese dictionary.

  1. What a fabulous experience! You are very fortunate to be able to travel to so many beautiful places in the world! I enjoy your photos very much.

  2. Hi Michael,
    I knew it was Egyptian. I recognized the cuneiform. You could probably get a translation from Google. I have a pendant with some of the same letters on it.
    Leslie

  3. How wonderful to have seen these Michael, great for the challenge. As always, my post is yet to come! Thanks for sharing these, anything Ancient Egyptian fascinates me 🙂

  4. I especially like the second photo. I zoomed in to see if the small structures in the foreground were people (to get a sense of scale), but saw that they looked like the lights for nighttime illumination. How did you manage to capture the scene without any people??

  5. Abu Simbel was the temple dedicated to Ramese II, he is the tall figure in the bottom pic and the woman is his wife Nefertari. The temple was moved to a spot above the nile to a spot above the Nile to keep it from being damaged when the Aswan Dam was built. The cartouch on the right is Ramese’s name. and the rest of the glyphs are just saying he is a god and long live his name. 🙂

  6. Michael: I especially love the second photo. It is a great shot of the entrance. Thanks to Ed for the explanation!

    • No! No! They’re both interesting photos, but I’ve seen different versions of the second one and have even tried to take my version of the second one before. However, that shot is not always successful. I liked how you were able to get the entire subject into the shot and show how magnificent that entrance is. 🙂

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