This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857 Excerpt: ... writtei. language, Jmt-represented month by a irrwu inr! « mouth. anii hy-«nG-ri soar one should make that 'iTjiwau t.-iin. lor thr consonant m. "Well, that substitution would, o! course, he followed up by others, till an alphabet, or an apology for ono. wn formed: and. from time to time, the luir oi tin-letters would he simplified." "Ati!" saul ftoh. "the might make a «ort of how, like a toi liu, st»nij for ».'" "Just so," "resumed Fred: hut the Egyptians do not seem to have arrived at a purr witter language, in which all sounds should he expressible In an alphabet. Their writing is part hwav pjut sv liable, part hieroglyphics. There is another iotr hos.uh's. the IRosotta stone which has been of great use in aiding olexw mtun to make out ancient Egyptian writing." Kgypt," said Hem. was a country with a long history; and he must haw heen, I think, a slowminded people to haw missed the invention of a language, strictly so called; though, »o he suwx the first idea is ewrything.' Slom-mindedness may exist in two ways," said Fred. "I haw already ohserwd that the Egyptians were slowminded, in the sense of holding fast to ideas once gained. I think they might he so. and yet quick to apprehend new ideas. What you y of Egypt having a long history is, of course, true; they themselves reckon up to nobody knows when, and the chronology of their history is still in terrible confusion. You all know that there are four leading periods in Egyptian annals:--that of the Pharaohs, when the country was independent; the PersoEgyptian period, when it was subject to Persia; the GrecoEgyptian period, during the reign of the Ptolemies: and the Romano-Egyptian period, when the country wa...