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date: 13 August 2020

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A cursory glance at the history of the epigraphic work in the temple of Edfu shows that the scientific approach and the adopted methods have changed considerably. The temple of Edfu has survived in nearly perfect state of repair, and its vast number of inscriptions has been studied by the Edfu Project since 1986. Scrutinizing the earlier copy of the inscriptions by means of hand copies, photographs, and special telescopes, the members of the project collected a lot of information about the forms of the hieroglyphs, their arrangement, the ancient mistakes and corrections, as well as the influence of the cursive writing. Based on this information and by studying the remaining colors, it was possible to get a reliable idea about the ancient method of decorating a wall with inscriptions and images. Finally, a short insight is given into the epigrapher’s working conditions in a temple crowded with tourists.

Keywords: Edfu, photograph, form, hieroglyph, telescope, mistake, correction, cursive writing, color, decoration

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