By Jaroslav Černý
Coptic used to be the language spoken in Egypt from overdue precedent days to the 17th century, whilst it used to be overtaken by way of Arabic because the nationwide language. Derived from historical Egyptian, the language of the hieroglyphs, it was once written in an tailored kind of Greek script. This dictionary lists approximately 2,000 Coptic phrases whose etymology has been demonstrated from historical Egyptian and Greek assets, overlaying two-thirds of the identified Coptic vocabulary and complementing W. E. Crum's 1939 Coptic Dictionary, nonetheless the traditional within the box. The Egyptian kinds are quoted in hieroglyphic and/or demotic kinds. An appendix lists the etymologies of Coptic place-names. the ultimate paintings of Czech Egyptologist Jaroslav Černý (1898-1970), Professor of Egyptology at Oxford, the Dictionary was once introduced via to e-book through colleagues after his demise.