Excerpt from The Dawn of Civilization: Egypt and Chaldaea
The spelling of ancient Egyptian proper names adopted by Professor Maspero will perhaps seem strange to many English readers. But it must be remembered that all our attempts to represent the pronunciation of ancient Eg... yptian words can be approximate only; we can never ascertain with certainty how they were actually sounded. All that can be done is to determine what pronunciation was assigned to them in the Greek period, and to work backwards from this, so far as it is possible, to more remote ages. This is what Professor Maspero has done, and it must be no slight satisfaction to him to find that on the whole his system of transliteration is confirmed by the cuneiform tablets of Tel el-amarna. The system, however, is unfamiliar to English eyes, and consequently, for the sake of the weaker brethren, the equivalents of the geographical and proper names he has used are given in the more usual spelling at the end of the work.
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