Wondering if anyone has copied any Ancient Egyptian texts such as this into Unicode Hieroglyphs or something similar, rather than English translations. Or if not, if there are photographs of the original Egyptian hieroglyphic texts.
Here is a compilation of various resources to learn ancient classical Egyptian (aka Middle Egyptian) and a selection of various corpus to read. NB: The texts and resources I am quoting here and purely in hieroglyphics, you will not find here hieratic (the "cursive form" of hieroglyphs) or demotic. Also, notice you can learn with them Classical Egyptian, with tackling a little bit from your side, old Kingdom stuff, but Ptolemaic writing will be barely accessible, the one in hieroglyphics, I mean here.
- How to read Egyptian Hieroglyphs, a step by step guide A simple approach but help if you do not have a teacher next to you
- Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs One of the best book I ever read on any language. That book is miserably good.
Friendly warning: While they are still widely used by internauts, FORGET Wallis Budge books... Forget them. They are WAY too old. Way way way. Any of Wallis Budge's books, his one on hieroglyphs or his old translations. Forget them.
Now concerning texts:
- The Pyramid text online That is the tomb of Unis (they spelled Unas due to the Egyptian i which is often spelled a), with plenty of photos, and English translation. All the tomb is clearly photographed
- Projet Rosette, a French site, but you do not care, it is written in English with plenty of texts.
- Annoting Egyptian texts Very nice resource with photos and the text in font translation (easier to read)
- Saint Andrew Corpus the text in hieroglyphs with the transliteration and the traduction, best way to learn
As you can see, resources are PLENTY. Egyptian is a tough language, very tough, its writing system a pain. But there are tons of excellent resources to study it.
And forget anything written by Wallis Budge. I told it, mentioned it. I am repeating it. They even made fun of the fact Wallis Budge's books are still in print in the old movie Stargate!!!
The largest collection I know of is the Digitized Collections of Ancient Egyptian Source Texts
There's also Hieroglyphic texts from Egyptian stelae, etc
and the Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae
As for transcribed texts, consider that there were mainly two word processors used in the last decades to transcribe hieroglyphs: JSesh and Winglyph (the latter seems to be discontinued).
The reason I'm mentioning this: Unicode transcription is fairly recent, and most transcribed texts will still be in JSesh (.gly) format, which uses a classification notation system called Manuel De Codage (MDC). The classication is used in dictionaries such as Middle Egyptian Dictionary.
For example, the text on the Stargate Cover Stone is:
In JSesh, we would write this as:
If you open this notation in JSesh, it looks like this: