ANNUAL INTERDISCIPLINARY SCHOOL OF ANCIENT GREEK, EGYPTOLOGY AND ORIENTAL LANGUAGES. DAY 2
In the first part of the second day, lect. So Miyagawa (Kyoto University) presented participants how to use online resources - Digital Humanities - to learn Egyptian and Coptic languages and to read cosmogonic texts. He presented the Egyptian and Coptic languages from a historical and typological perspective and, with the help of these linguistic tools, he read and translated cosmogonic passages from the Pyramid Texts, written with Egyptian hieroglyphs and found in the Saqqara pyramids and some Gnostic and Manichaean texts translated into Coptic. in the late Roman period.
In the evening, prof. univ. dr. John Gee (Brigham Young University, Utah), presented, translated, and commented on the cosmological text of Esna, which he then related to biblical Genesis and texts from the Book of the Dead and sarcophagi. The Temple of Esna is one of the last decorated Egyptian temples, and on a column is painted and inscribed a special cosmogony, which is dated around 100 AD. and which focuses on motifs such as: the primordial chaos from which light is made, the androgyny of the creative god, the serpent, the appearance of people from the tears of the god and the appearance of the gods in his spitting, according to the narratives of a sacred cow. The presentation was complemented by a comparative analysis of other cosmogonic passages.
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