> Mr Petry has shown us in this example his vast
> incredulity. It is common sense that if you want
> to understand/translate hieroglyphs you need to be
> able to read hieroglyphs.
This is truly remarkable!!!
If nothing can be translated then every single time their is friction between two countries with different language it will be necessary to just go to war. If it's impossible for the diplomats to communicate then just kill 'em all and be done with it, eh.
No. It might be impossible to be more wrong than you are here. it shows you have swallowed the hype. The definition of "translate" is to put the meaning and sense of something from one language into another. In effect you are claiming the religion and magic were so complex they can't be translated while I am merely claiming the language can't be translated because it is formatted differently. "Common sense" says a religion and magic so complicated that no one understood it never happened. It is an Egyptological belief caused by trying to cram the Pyramid Texts into the book of the dead. It is illogical and exceedingly poor methodology. The PT can't be translated any more than computer code or camera directions can be translated. But it's not because it's complex but because the format is different.
> Mr Petry is saying this
> is not at all necessary, that any researcher
> merely needs to read an English translation to
> know what was written.
Not exactly. In this specific case though author intent lies within the literal meaning of the translation. This applies to other translators as well but Mercer was closest because Sethe got it about right.
> To make matters worse, Mr
> Petry then re-translates the error-ridden English
> into anything he wants, claims it is correct by
> virtue of he being the only one who can do it, and
> so on. Run, don't walk, from this individual's
I don't translate it into what I want because I can't really translate and ancient language isn't translatable at all. Think of it this way ancient science was tied to reality by logic, modern science is tied to reality through experiment, and my understanding of the Pyramid Texts is tied to reality by what the authors literally said (or said literally). They said they pulled stones straight up the sides of five step pyramids using linear funiculars that were fed by a column of cool effervescent water that stood on the Giza Plateau and off gassed CO2 that had come from the upper eye of horus in the mehet weret cow. I believe they were right.