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How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs

How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs - rev edition

ISBN13: 978-0520239494

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ISBN13: 978-0520239494
ISBN10: 0520239490
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Edition: REV 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: University of California Press
Published: 2003
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How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs - REV 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0520239494

Mark Collier and Bill Manley

ISBN13: 978-0520239494
ISBN10: 0520239490
Cover type:
Edition: REV 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: University of California Press
Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Hieroglyphs are pictures used as signs in writing. When standing before an ancient tablet in a museum or visiting an Egyptian monument, we marvel at this unique writing and puzzle over its meaning. Now, with the help of Egyptologists Mark Collier and Bill Manley, museum-goers, tourists, and armchair travelers alike can gain a basic knowledge of the language and culture of ancient Egypt.

Collier and Manley's novel approach is informed by years of experience teaching Egyptian hieroglyphs to non-specialists. Using attractive drawings of actual inscriptions displayed in the British Museum, they concentrate on the kind of hieroglyphs readers might encounter in other collections, especially funerary writings and tomb scenes. Each chapter introduces a new aspect of hieroglyphic script or Middle Egyptian grammar and encourages acquisition of reading skills with practical exercises.

The texts offer insights into the daily experiences of their ancient authors and touch on topics ranging from pharaonic administration to family life to the Egyptian way of death. With this book as a guide, one can enjoy a whole new experience in understanding Egyptian art and artifacts around the world.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Revised Edition

1. Hieroglyphs

2. More Uses of Hieroglyphs

3. Special Writings

4. Scenes and Captions

5. Description

6. Further Aspects of Description

7. Characterisation

8. The Future

Hieroglyphic Sign-Lists for the Exercises

Reference Tables

Egyptian-English Vocabulary

Key to the Exercises

Bibliography and Further Reading

Index

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