Tuesday, March 8, 2011

a bit of lit (and a little look at language)

From Kenneth C Davis's Don't Know Much about Mythology:

"Most scholars believe that the Greeks translated the Egyptian word Hewet-ka-Ptah, which literally means 'Temple of the Spirit of Ptah,' as Aeguptos, and it was eventually transformed into the word we now use as Egypt."

He has a lot of these fun notes in the book. (And, yes, I realize how nerdy I am for calling this bit of information "fun.")