Android applications for Egyptian Hieroglyphs.

Developed by Damien O'Neill and available for download on Google Play.

Flash Cards for Hieroglyphs and their Transliterations

Available in English, French and Spanish (based on your phone's language setting).

An application to test your knowledge of Egyptian hieroglyphs and their transliterations. Useful for students and those embarking on a beginners guide to reading hieroglyphs. Flash Cards on Google Play (free).

Features

All features contain tabs for uniliterals (one consonant hieroglyphs), biliterals (two consonant hieroglyphs), triliterals (three consonant hieroglyphs) and multiliterals (four or more consonant hieroglyphs).

Level
Choose your level - beginner, intermediate or advanced. Beginner has the least number of hieroglyphs, advanced the most. Multiliterals are only available at the advanced level.

Hieroglyph lists

A handy list of hieroglyphs and their associated transliterations.



Flash Cards

Hieroglyph mode: You are given a transliteration and must choose its corresponding hieroglyph from the six shown.

 Uniliteral   Multiliteral 


Transliteration mode: You are given a hieroglyph and must choose its corresponding transliteration from the six shown.

 Uniliteral   Biliteral


Statistics

Performance statistics are available to review your progress and easily identify the hieroglyphs that are causing trouble.


Slide show

Shows a hieroglyph and after a configurable time delay its transliteration is revealed.



Gallery

A selection of hieroglyphic texts in 3D.

 
 
 


English Dictionary of Egyptian Hieroglyphic Words

Available in English only.

An application containing over 37,000 ancient Egyptian words and their English translations. Note: due to the very large number of dictionary entries this app will only be available in English. Dictionary on Google Play (free).

Features

Dictionary
Words are shown organized in Gardiner's List order or in transliteration order. By default, only the hieroglyphs are shown (this is for performance reasons). Pressing the plus button (+/-) will also show the translation.
 
 

Tapping on a dictionary entry will show more details: its Gardiner's List codes, transliteration and translation.
 

Search
There are two search modes: selecting hieroglyphs or entering text.

Hieroglyphs Search Mode
You can search for dictionary entries that contain the hieroglyphs entered.
Drag & drop hieroglyphs from the list on the right to the 'drop area' on the left.
 

As each hieroglyph is added to the 'drop area', the list of matching dictionary entries (bottom left) is reduced.

The list of hieroglyphs on the right is also reduced to those contained in the matching dictionary entries. By default, it is ordered by most frequently occurring (you can change this to Gardiner's List code order).

Before any hieroglyphs have been selected, the entire dictionary is shown in the list of matching dictionary entries (over 35,000). There are over 800 hieroglyphs available to choose from. In order to avoid having to scroll through such a long list, there is an alternative way to add a hieroglyph to the 'drop area'. Pressing the 'magnifying glass+' button (shown above) opens a separate window (shown below), where all the available hieroglyphs are organized into groups using their Gardiner's List codes. The available hieroglyphs can also be filtered by shape (horizontal, vertical or circular).
 
 


For example, if you choose the scarab beetle (L1), which will automatically be added to the 'drop area', 95 dictionary entries are found, and the list of hieroglyphs is reduced from over 800 to 60. From this point on it is generally easier to locate another hieroglyph from the word using the list.

If you have added all the hieroglyphs, you can use the 'lock' button to further reduce the list of words to those containg that exact number of hieroglyphs.

There is a tutorial available that shows the other features of this search mode. In particular, how to use the 'generic' type hieroglyphs. For example, you can select the 'bird' generic hieroglyph to match any bird: owls, falcons, ibises, sparrows, feathers, etc. The generic types available are: person, animal, bird, and by shape: vertical, horizontal and circular.
 


Text Search Mode
There are three different ways of searching: by entering a transliteration, a word in English or by entering Gardiner's List codes.
By default, only the hieroglyphs will be shown (this is for performance reasons). Pressing the plus button (+/-) will also show the translations.

You can search for dictionary entries that contain the transliteration characters entered. You can use the 'lock' button to match whole words only (on by default).
 
 

You can search for dictionary entries that contain the English words entered. You can use the 'lock' button to match whole words only (on by default). As the lock is open in the images below, definitions with 'demons' have also been matched. With the lock closed these would have been excluded, ie. only matching definitions with the word 'demon'.
 
 

You can also search for dictionary entries that contain the specified Gardiner's List codes. You can use the 'lock' button to match dictionary entries that contain those codes and no others (on by default).
 
 


Find a Pharaoh from a Cartouche

Available in English, French and Spanish (based on your phone's language setting).

An application to identify a Pharaoh from their cartouche. Find a Pharaoh on Google Play (free).

Features

Pharaohs listed by kingdom and dynasty
Pharaohs are shown organized by Kingdom and Dynasty. Tapping on one will take you to a list of their cartouches.


Search for a Pharaoh
You can search for a Pharaoh by entering the hieroglyphs from one of their cartouches.
You can drag & drop hieroglyphs from the list on the right to the 'drop area' on the left.
 

As each hieroglyph is added to the 'drop area', the list of matching cartouches (bottom left) is reduced.

The list of hieroglyphs on the right is also reduced to those contained in the matching cartouches. By default it is ordered by most frequently occurring (you can change this to Gardiner's List code order).

There are almost 400 hieroglyphs available to choose from. In order to avoid having to scroll through such a long list, there is an alternative way to add a hieroglyph to the 'drop area'. Pressing the 'magnifying glass+' button (shown above) opens a separate window (shown below), where all the available hieroglyphs are organized into groups using their Gardiner's List codes. The available hieroglyphs can also be filtered by shape (horizontal, vertical or circular).
 
 

For example, if you choose the scarab beetle (L1), which will automatically be added to the 'drop area', 139 cartouches are found, and the list of hieroglyphs is reduced from almost 400 to 84. From this point on it is generally easier to locate another hieroglyph from the cartouche using the list.

If you have added all the hieroglyphs, you can use the 'lock' button to further reduce the list of cartouches to those containg that exact number of hieroglyphs.

There is a tutorial available that shows the other features of this search mode. In particular, how to use the 'generic' type hieroglyphs. For example, you can select the 'bird' generic hieroglyph to match any bird: owls, falcons, ibises, sparrows, feathers, etc. The generic types available are: person, animal, bird, and by shape: vertical, horizontal and circular.
 

If you select one of the cartouches (bottom left) then its Pharaoh's details will be shown. This includes all their titulary listed by type: Horus, Nebty, Golden Horus, Prenomen and Nomen.

A special version of this app was submitted to Pharaon / Programmez! magazines, and subsequently described in an article in the October 2016 issue of Programmez!. The idea of the competition was to try and identify a Pharaoh from a photo of their cartouche, a very difficult problem. You can download the apk file here. You will need to install it manually on your phone - do a google search for "sideloading" if you are unsure how to do this. It was trained with these very limited number of photos. If you want to try it out, you should install these photos on your phone too. Note: this is not a supported version of the app. It requires permission to use the camera and to read/write to external storage. It is digitally signed with my developer certificate but install at your own risk (certificate MD5 is B1:EE:36:7F:3F:6A:69:90:93:4A:9C:01:D1:B3:A5:3D).

Coming soon...

Flash Cards for Hieroglyphic Words and their Translation

Available in English, French and Spanish (based on your phone's language setting).

Flash cards for testing your ability to recognise words, phrases, Pharaohs by their cartouches, etc. Useful for building up your vocabulary! Available late 2017.




Acknowledgements:
Original hieroglyph images by Neoklis Kyriazis (http://www.qsl.net/5/5b4az/), used with permission.
Egyptian font by George Douros (http://users.teilar.gr/~g1951d/), free for any use.
Dictionary words derived from Mark Vygus's PDF (pyramidtextsonline.com), used with permission.
Pharaonic cartouches and serekhs derived from Peter Lundström's web site (pharaoh.se), used with permission.