Tuesday, September 23, 2008
What I learned from Elizabeth Peters
The scene: My office, coworker's cubicle. Coworker's desktop image is a pretty cool manuscript.
Me: What is that? It looks kind of like hieratic. [Note: I have never actually seen hieratic. I've just read about it in the Amelia Peabody books.]
Coworker: Aramaic, maybe. I downloaded it from Wikipedia a while ago.
Coworker copies the file name and searches Wikipedia.
Coworker: [Reading from the Wikipedia entry] The Edwin Smith Papyrus is the only surviving copy of part of an Ancient Egyptian textbook on trauma surgery. It is among the world's earliest surviving examples of medical literature, the Kahun Gynecological Papyrus being older, and is the world's oldest surgical document. Written in the hieratic script of the ancient Egyptian language...
Why can't I figure out a way to make money from this?