Ailsa’s travel theme this week is ‘writing’
I have always been fascinated with how ancient civilisations developed their writing.
On a recent trip to ‘The Met’ in New York, I found some great examples.
The Egyptian hieroglyphs in the above photo are on the ‘Stela of the Gatekeeper Maaty’, dating from c. 2051 – 2030 B.C.
The Temple of Dendur dates to the Roman Period, around 15 B.C. and while also having delicately carved hieroglyphs, it also has graffiti from more recent times.
An example of the graffitti, of which we can all read and understand – DROVETTI 1816 & LPOLITI 1819 were both here. Shame on them!
This relief panel belongs to the Neo-Assyrian civilisation, c. 883-859
A close up of the beautifully carved cuneiform text that runs through each relief.