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Language Proficiency Will Be Part of Lara’s Skill Set in Rise of the Tomb Raider

Crystal Dynamics have promised that their latest game, Rise of the Tomb Raider, will push Lara Croft to her physical and mental limits as she journeys across Syria and Siberia in search of the secrets of immortality. Not only will she need to rely on her wits and outdoor survival skills to accomplish her mission, she will also need to rely on some of the skills she may have acquired during her student days. Creative Director Noah Hughes has ... [Continue Reading]

June 22, 2015 // 14 Comments

5 Fantastic Free Resources for Learning Maya Glyphs

Do you have a passion for Maya archaeology and fancy learning how to read Maya glyphs? While there are a number of books you can buy, such as Michael D.Coe and Mark Van Stone’s Reading the Maya Glyphs [Buy on Amazon/Amazon UK], you might also want to check out these 5 fantastic and completely free online resources, especially if you’re on a tight budget. 1) Writing in Maya Glyphs: A Non-Technical Introduction to Maya Glyphs ... [Continue Reading]

October 13, 2013 // 10 Comments

Why We Love Ancient Languages

Earlier this week, I published a post titled “Why Study a Dead Language?”, which included an excerpt of Josephine Livingstone’s article “Why You Should Learn a Dead Language”. Apart from a few failed attempts to learn Middle Egyptian, I can’t really say I’ve tried to learn any “dead” languages. So I asked a few readers and followers on social media to share their experiences and reasons for ... [Continue Reading]

September 20, 2013 // 4 Comments

Why Study a Dead Language?

In her article “Why You Should Learn a Dead Language”, Josephine Livingstone argues that there is still some value in learning dead (or extinct) languages such as Latin, Old English, and Sanskrit as they allow us access to a vast body of ancient literature and can even make it easier for people to acquire other modern languages. Sometimes we need to remember, however, that there are reasons for learning extinct languages beyond ... [Continue Reading]

September 16, 2013 // 11 Comments

10 Fantastic Free Resources for Learning Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Have you ever had the urge to follow in Lara’s footsteps and learn to read Egyptian hieroglyphs? If so, you may be interested to know that there are a number of useful, free online resources at your disposal. These, if used in combination with a good textbook such as James P. Allen’s Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs [Buy it on Amazon/Amazon UK] or Mark Collier and Bill Manley’s How ... [Continue Reading]

March 11, 2013 // 22 Comments

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