Altaic Hieroglyphs and Hittite Inscriptions (Google eBook)

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Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund, 1887 - Altaic languages - 247 pages
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Page ix - I hope to show that the symbols are the prototypes whence the cuneiform system has developed; that they have possibly a common origin with the hieroglyphic system of Egypt, and that it is not impossible that the Chinese characters may have also developed from the original Altaic picture-writing of which the inscriptions under consideration (" Hittite ") represent a somewhat advanced stage, yet a stage perhaps more primitive than that of the Egyptian system, and preceding the cuneiform on the one...
Page 189 - The origin of the idea (proper to the northern hemisphere only) is that the midday is the south, and the north is the region of night, by which the sun returns east. It is a general idea among Asiatics that the north is the region of night and of demons, perhaps showing a race which came from the ' land of darkness ' where the nights in winter were very long. This is the simple and evident reason why a worshipper facing the rising sun regarded the right hand as propitious.
Page viii - ... considerable number of Oriental scholars accredited them to that nation. Even then they remained undecipherable, because the language in which they were written was unknown. Capt. Conder claims, or hopes, that he has found a key to the reading of this writing, which he calls the Altaic system, which may...
Page 18 - Sayce — arguing from the bilingual silver boss — has assigned the value 'country.' It struck me that I had already from the Egyptian parallel concluded that the Altaic emblem did mean ' country ' (' Syrian Stone-Lore,' p. 24), and that the sound MI was very close to the sound Me or Ma, which in the Akkadian, and in the Proto- Medic, represents the word for
Page 239 - Play ye my Neginoth." We are familiar with the Hebrew word Neginoth at the head of several psalms in the authorised version, but " neginvati," is Chaldee. Sa-khu-ku is the imperative mood of the verb from which the Patriarch I-saak derived his name. The analysis is as follows : — "Make songs, play ye my harmonies, that they may cause thee to cure.
Page 126 - Egyptian references with which I am acquainted is that to be found in the monograph by Chabas (dated 1866) on the journey of an Egyptian Mohar in the fourteenth century BC"" The French scholar, so far, anticipated Dr.
Page 239 - We must regard them (ie the Hamathites) as closely akin to the Hittites on whom they bordered, and with whom they were generally in alliance
Page 17 - It is a double triangle, just like the emblem to which Professor Sayce — arguing from the bilingual silver boss — has assigned the value 'country.
Page 30 - Turkomans who are to be found even in the plains of Esdraelon and of Sharon...
Page viii - Altaic dialects, of which the Proto-Medic and the Akkadian are, perhaps, the oldest known examples.

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