The Hieroglyphics of Horapollo Nilous


Book Details

Author  Horapollo Nilous
Publisher  Forgotten Books
Publication Date   January 5, 2008
ISBN  1605064548
Pages  242

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Book Description:

"Horapollo, the traditional author of this work, was one of the last priests of the Ancient Egyptian religion in the fifth century C.E. His only extant work is this, the Hieroglyphica, which claims to be an explanation of the Egyptian Hieroglyphs, mixed with a great deal of ancient, and often wrong, natural history. It was translated two centuries later into Greek. The text was rediscovered in 1422, and it was first put into print in 1505.

By the time that Egyptian was finally deciphered in the 19th century, the Hieroglphics of Horapollo fell out of favor. A few of the examples in the beginning of the book turned out to be correct, or close to correct. What makes this book of continued interest is that it can be read in a number of ways: a glimpse into an archaic mindset, a mystical inventory of the universe, or a series of surreal images." (Quote from

Table of Contents:

Publisher's Preface; Preface; Book I.; How They Denote Eternity; How The Universe; How A Year; How A Month; How The Current Or Civil Year; What They Signify By Delineating A Hawk; How They Indicate The Soul; How Ares And Aphrodite (hor And Hathor.); How Marriage; How An Only Begotten; What They Imply By Depicting A Vulture; How They Denote HephÆstus [phthah.]; What They Intimate When They Depict A Star; What They Denote When They Pourtray A Cynocephalus; How They Denote The Renovation Of The Moon; How The Two Equinoxes; How They Denote Intrepidity; How They Denote Strength; How They Denote A Watchful Person; How The Terrible; How The Rising Of The Nile; How They Designate Egypt; How A Man That Has Not Travelled Abroad; How An Amulet [protection]; How They Denote An Imperfect Man; How An Opening; How Speech; How Dumbness; How A Voice From A Distance; How Ancient Descent; How Taste; How Delight; How Sexual Intercourse; How A Soul Continuing A Long Time Here; How A Man Returning Home After A Long Time From A Foreign Land; How They Denote The Heart; How Education; How The Egyptian Letters; How A Sacred Scribe; In What Manner They Represent Government, Or A Judge; How They Signify The Bearer Of The Shrine; How They Represent An Horoscopus [observer Of The Hours.]; How They Denote Purity; How They Intimate A Thing Unlawful, Ok An Abomination; How They Represent The Mouth; How Manliness Combined With Temperance; How Hearing; How The Member Of A Prolific Man; How They Denote Impurity; How A Disappearance; How Impudence; How They Represent Knowledge; How They Represent A Son; How A Fool; How They Represent Gratitude; How An Unjust And Ungrateful Man; How One Who Is Ungrateful To His Benefactors; How An Impossibility; How A Very Bad King; How A vigilant King; How They Designate A Ruler Of The World; How A People Obedient To Their King; How A King Who Governs A Part Of The World; How One Who Governs All Things; How A Fuller; How A Month; How A Rapacious, Or Prolific, Or Furious Man; How Sunrise; How Sunset; How They Shadow Forth Darkness; Book ii.; Introduction; What They Signify By Depicting A Star; What By An Eaglet; What By Two Feet Conjoined And Advancing; What By The Heart Of A Man Suspended By The Windpipe; How They Denote The Front Of Battle; What By A Finger; Quid Penis Manu Compressa; How They Denote Disease; How The Loins Of A Man; How They Symbolize Permanency And Safety; How Concord; How A Crowd; How Admeasurement; How A Woman Pregnant; How Wind; How Fire; How A Work; How Punishment; How Impiety; How An Hour [execration?]; How Anything Of Long Duration; How Aversion; How A Future Act; How A Murderer, Or The Blood Of A Crocodile; How Death; How Love; How The Most Ancient; How A Siege; How Infinite, Or A Song, Or Fate; What One Line Bent Over Another Signifies; What They Denote By Depicting A Swallow; What By A Black Dove; What By An Ichneumon; What They Denote By Engraving Origanum (wild Marj

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