Mr. Griffith has added to our knowledge of the ancient languages of the world by his interpretation of the Meroitic inscriptions, 47 to which Prof. Sayce has also contributed.48 Returning to the N.
1.; (46) Meroe, 1911; (47) Griffith, in Meroe, P. 58, ff.; Karanog: Meroitic Inscr.
They claim to rule the Kasu'or Meroitic Ethiopians; and the fifth inscription records an expedition along the Atbara and the Nile to punish the Nuba and Kasu, and a fragment of a Greek inscription from Meroe was recognized by Sayce as commemorating a king of Axum.
Little is known of the language of the ancient Nubians or of its connexion, if any, with the language, known as Meroitic, of the "Ethiopians" who preceded them.
The hieroglyphs and inscriptions in Meroitic belong mostly to the first six centuries A.D.; the existing Nubian MSS.
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