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Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners: The Revolutionary New Approach to Reading the Monuments

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A brand-new and groundbreaking approach to reading hieroglyphs by a proven expert and teacher

Step-by-step introduction to Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Assumes no knowledge of grammer or ancient languages. Real texts used - unedited and without any simplification.

A 'What You Need to Know' schemes takes you through the inscriptions, starting with simple and moving through more ...

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Overview

A brand-new and groundbreaking approach to reading hieroglyphs by a proven expert and teacher

Step-by-step introduction to Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Assumes no knowledge of grammer or ancient languages. Real texts used - unedited and without any simplification.

A 'What You Need to Know' schemes takes you through the inscriptions, starting with simple and moving through more complex texts, building up your knowledge and skills using the latest methods.

Discover tomb inscriptions of the ruling elite, inscriptions of kings and a shrine of Tutankhamun.

Read monuments from museums across the world.

Photographs and line drawings elegantly and clearly present the ancient texts.

Fact boxes bring to life the monuments of high officials and kings, giving glimpses of the society and beliefs of the ancient Egyptians.

Reference word lists on kings, gods and hieroglyphic signs.

Essential reading for anyone interested in Ancient Egypt, hieroglyphs or ancient languages.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500051726
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 3/28/2012

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Inscriptions

Stela of Mereri (c. 2200 BC) 10

#1 Sound Signs 10

#2 Direction of Writing 14

#3 Vowels and Pronunciation 16

#4 Determinatives 18

#5 How Do We Know How to Read Hieroglyphs? 20

#6 Signs Writing 2 or 3 Sounds 21

#7 Sound Complements 23

#8 Unexpected Writings 28

#9 What is Transliteration? 32

Another Stela of Mereri (c. 2200 BC) 34

#10 The Offering Formula 36

#11 'a' and 'the' 39

#12 Even More Unexpected Writings 39

#13 Ideograms? 41

#14 What is Middle Egyptian? 42

Stela of Minuser (c. 2200 BC) 44

#15 Word Order 47

Funerary Stamp of Mermose (c. 1350 BC) 49

Inner Coffin of Khnumhotep, son of Nebtu (c. 1800 BC) 52

#16 More About the Offering Formula 53

#17 <$$$> k and Identity 55

Stela of Dedu and Satsobk (c. 1900 BC) 58

#18 Feminine Words 61

#19 Why Food Offerings? 62

Stela of Ty (c. 2200 BC) 64

Stela of Intef and Nesumontju (c. 1700 BC?) 66

#20 Titles of Osiris 67

Stela of Shenwy and Hedjret (c. 1900 BC) 68

#21 The Dedication Formula 72

#22 The Family 73

Coffin of Khnumhotep, Son of Henib (c. 1850 BC) 78

King's Names

#23 Kings' Titularies 82

Stela of Djet, from his Tomb at Abydos (c. 2950 BC) 84

Stela of Raneb (c. 2750 BC) 85

Inscription of Khakaura Senusret III (c. 1836-1818 BC) 86

#24 Writing Plurals 88

Another Inscription of Khakaura Senusret III (c. 1836-1818 BC) 89

Three Inscriptions of Ramesses II (c. 1279-1213 BC) 92

Three Stelae of Thutmose IV (c. 1400-1390 BC) from the Great Sphinx 97

#25 Epithets 98

#26 The King and the Gods 104

Inscriptions from a Golden Shrine of Tutankhamun (c. 1332-1322 BC) 107

The Oldest Texts and Earliest Hieroglyphs

#27 How Did Writing Begin in Egypt? 112

Slate Palette of King Narmer from the Temple of Horus (c. 2950 BC) 114

Ivory Comb of King Djet from his Tomb (c. 2950 BC) 118

Ivory Label of King Den from his Tomb (c. 2900 BC) 119

Putting It All Together: Two Inscriptions

Marriage Inscription of Amenhotep III (c. 1390 BC) 122

#28 <$$$>-pw 'he is' or 'she is' 127

Offering-Chapel of Sarenput II at Aswan (c. 1850 BC) 130

Epilogue 135

List of Kings' Names 136

List of Gods 141

List of Hieroglyphic Signs 144

List of Words in Hieroglyphs 154

Sources of Illustrations 159

Index 159

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