Rainer Hannig's "Ägyptisches Wörterbuch I."
Description of a new AE dictionary

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Rainer Hannig, Ägyptisches Wörterbuch I. Altes Reich und Erste Zwischenzeit [Egyptian dictionary, part 1: OK und FIP], Verlag Philipp von Zabern, Mainz, 2003 (= Hannig-Lexica, vol. 4). Hardcover, CV, 1681 pp. ISBN: 3-8053-3088-X, price: EUR 75.80

Excerpts from the preface:

"This volume contains more than 100 000 reference entries, which, being gathered in a strict connection of references into one single entry actually amounts to 110 000 entries. These references have only be obtained from Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period texts. Roughly estimated, 70 % of all published texts belonging to the period and 80 % of all relevant references have been treated.
After an approximate subdivision into periods of time, the references have not been ordered chronologically, but topographically... In order to determine the geographical horizon of a word, again symbols will indicate the appurtenance of a source to its nome. So therefore every entry begins with the symbol of its topographical indication, enclosed, for means of clearness, within a small square, which also makes the numeration and subdivision easier.
In this way, the symbol | M26, 1 | [M26 Sma] means, that the source originates from the First Upper Egyptian nome, whereas the First Lower Egyptian nome is designated by the symbol | M16, 1 | [M16 (tA)-mHw] ...
Every reference does not only contain the symbol for word-geography, writing material, typology of writing and the primary reference placed between dots, but when possible, also has up to three bibliographic indications, in which the reference can be traced as photograph, facsimile and translation.
For means of orientation, every reference contains, when possible, a reference to the Topographical Bibliography of PORTER-MOSS in order to establish the exact topographical location, and furthermore to be able to add additional primary and secondary literature.
This dictionary should become international in the near future and shouldn't be dominated by the German language. Parts of this book have already been subedited in various languages. The references on their own are more or less independent of language, since they contain abbreviations, which are explained either in the bibliography or the abbreviation list. The translations of the entries, which for the time being are only in German, will in the future be translated into other languages.

-- Synopsis, preface and the structure of the entry in: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Russian, pp. IX-LXXVIII
-- Abbreviations, pp. LXXIX-LXXXIX
-- Bibliography, pp. XCI-CII
-- Museums, pp. CIII-CV
-- Dictionary with references, pp. 1-1540
-- Egyptian abbreviations, pp. 1541
-- Toponymy, pp. 1542-1581
-- Deities, pp. 1582-1614
-- Kings up to the 11th dynasty, pp. 1615-1634
-- Number of references, pp. 1635-1681

Format: 17 x 25 cm (HWB = 12.5 x 19 cm)
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Best wishes,
Michael Tilgner

April 2003

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