> Hello Lee
> My interest in Egyptology is that of a pastime
> only. My undergraduate degree is English Language
> & Literature, my post graduate degree is in high
> school education and I have never undertaken any
> courses in Egyptology.
> The little that I know is mainly concerned with
> the language of middle Egyptian hieroglyphic
> inscription, my knowledge of the language being
> entirely self-taught.
Your knowledge of hieroglyphic writing was what I was alluding to, perhaps these were a few of the classes you might have taken on the subject. So, were you just curious about the language itself that gave you an interest in Egyptian history or a bit of both?
> I offered no comment on the thread you began in
> respect of the mystery surrounding the 1st dynasty
> mastabas miles from royal cemeteries because I
> know nothing at all about them and even less about
> the period in which they are assumed to have been
I use this thread as but one example, but if one reads it, let alone have been following along for all these years, then shouldn't this not be an excuse anymore? The fact is, among other things, we should all be quite well versed in predynastic-OK history by now. This is what I am struggling with to understand in general as well as why is it typical to ignore subjects of actual consequence and instead keep focusing on the same tired fringe nonsense all the time?
> In defence of my silence, a wise man once
> espoused: "It is better to remain silent at the
> risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and
> remove all doubt of it.”
Instead, how about: "nothing ventured nothing gained"?
> Nevertheless I enjoy reading your posts - please
> do not think that you are shouting into a void.
I appreciate that, but the point is not "me", however, not in the least, but rather why do credible subjects of consequence garner so little participation whereas fringe nonsense has such a hold not just on believers, but those who argue against them?