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A compendious grammar of the Egyptian language

Henry Tattam A compendious grammar of the Egyptian languageHenry Tattam

A compendious grammar of the Egyptian language
as contained in the Coptic, Sahidic, and Bashmuric dialects

London Edinburgh : Williams & Norgate, 1863, 149 pages.

Henry Tattam (28 December 1788 – 8 January 1868, Stanford Rivers, Essex) was a Church of England clergyman and Coptic scholar. Tattam was Rector of St Cuthbert's Bedford, 1822-1849, and from 1831 to 1849 also Rector of Great Woolstone, Buckinghamshire. He was Archdeacon of Bedford from 1845 to 1866, Rector of Stanford Rivers, Essex from 1849, and a Chaplain-in-Ordinary to the Queen from 1853. Works

Tattam was the author of various theological and philological works, including several editions and translations of Coptic texts. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1835. Tattam visited Egypt and the Holy Land in 1838-9, meeting the patriarch and acquiring Coptic and Syriac manuscripts for the British Library. He received honorary degrees from Trinity College Dublin, the University of Gottingen and the University of Leiden.

Tattam in 1848 published the The Apostolical Constitutions, or Canons of the Apostles, which includes the so-called Alexandrine Sinodos (or Clementine Heptateuch) made of the Apostolic Church-Ordinance, the Egyptian Church Order and a free version of the eight book of the Apostolic Constitutions.

Index to the Subjects

Title Page


Observations: Hieroglyphic and Enchorial Alphabets
Enchorial or Demotic Alphabet
Hieroglyphic Alphabet
Enchorial or Demotic Numbers
Hieroglyphic Numbers

Chap. I.
The Alphabet

Chap. II.
Pronunciation of the letters

Chap. III.
Of Points and Abreviations
Etymology. Articles

Chap. IV.
Of Nouns
Cases of Nouns

Chap. V.
Of Adjectives

Chap. VI.
Of Personal and Relative Pronouns
Pronoun Infixes and Suffixes
Cardinal and Ordinal Numbers

Chap. VII.
Of Verbs
Prefixes and Suffixes
Verbs united with particles
Negative Prefixes
Auxiliary verb ΘΡΕ and ΤΡΕ
Irregular and defective Verbs
Adverbs and Conjunctions

Chap. VIII.
Formation of words
Praxis of the first Chap. of John

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