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Toponyms in Demotic and Hieratic

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Last modified Aug 07, 2014 06:31 PM
A new publication from Pleiades partner project Trismegistos

Pleiades collaborators may be interested in the following announcement from Mark Depauw at the Trismegistos project:

Trismegistos is pleased to present the fifth instalment in its series Trismegistos Online Publications, which can be downloaded freely at

Herbert Verreth, Toponyms in Demotic and Abnormal Hieratic texts from the 8th century BC till the 5th century AD (Trismegistos Online Publications, 5), Leuven, 2011 (719 p.).

In the tradition of Calderini and Daris's Dizionario dei nomi geographici e topografici, this work offers a survey of all toponyms occurring in Demotic and Abnormal Hieratic texts from Egypt. For every toponym a basic identification and some bibliographical information is given, together with the references to all the texts (both documentary and literary) where the toponym occurs. For the moment 262 Abnormal Hieratic references are listed for 24 different places, and 12.672 Demotic references for 1098 different toponyms. For every attestation the name of the toponym is given as it occurs in the source, with a translation of its immediate context. To limit the number of pages, not all the available information has been copied in this printed volume, but further bibliography and additional remarks are accessible in the Trismegistos online database itself.

A great help compiling these data was the (unpublished) master dissertation of Katelijn Vandorpe, Egyptische geografische elementen in Griekse transcriptie [Egyptian geographical elements in Greek transcription] (1988), which is now also available as a pdf at

Our indefatigable collaborator Herbert Verreth keeps working on the Greek and Latin toponyms in papyri and inscriptions from Egypt. Preliminary results remain accessible through or via the pages of individual texts (e.g., which can also be reached from We should like to thank the Papyrological Navigator people and look forward to closer cooperation in the future.