How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs: A Step-by-Step Guide to Teach Yourself / Edition 1by Mark Collier, Richard Parkinson
Pub. Date: 07/20/2003
Publisher: University of California Press
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.
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Table of Contents
Introduction to the Revised Edition
2. More Uses of Hieroglyphs
3. Special Writings
4. Scenes and Captions
6. Further Aspects of Description
8. The Future
Hieroglyphic Sign-Lists for the Exercises
Key to the Exercises
Bibliography and Further Reading
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Mark Collier's How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs: A Step-by-Step Guide to Teach Yourself, Revised Edition is really good book about teaching you hieroglyphics. Egyptian's strange, unreadable text and hieroglyphics are not easy to understand. This is because Egyptian's didn't use vowels and one hieroglyph could have multiple meanings. Hieroglyphics were not strictly symbolic or phonetic, but a mixture of both. For example, some inscriptions from an earlier period were examined and the royal names found in the oblong cartouches had a double 's' sound on the end. The symbol in the beginning appeared to be that of the sun, and could be pronounced rah. A symbol in the center seemed to be connected with the word birthday on the Greek translation of the Rosetta Stone. Using the meaning to give birth which was pronounced mes when put all together you get the name Rameses meaning The Child of the Sun God. Rameses, was one of the most famous pharaohs mentioned in the Bible. Now that you know, if you're still interested in learning Hieroglyphs, this is the book you want. The format its written in is textbookish, with exercises as well as a dictionary. A thorough starting point with the basics and working your way to a master decipherer...................Hattely
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I haven't gotten too far into this book yet (I'm on page 40), but I was already able to decipher some of the symbols on the funerary objects I saw at the King Tutankhamun exhibit at the De Young Museum. It is a fairly comprehensive and well-written book, with a lot of definitions and symbols to show. my sole complaint is that the book does not offer enough background history on the Egyptians. for example, the symbol for "two lands" would not be understood as Ancient Egyptians to be simply "two lands", but would instead mean "Lower Egypt & Upper Egypt." the book only offers a cursory explanation of this, rather than a deep and meaningful explanation of the two principle kingdoms that make up Ancient Egypt. the book also makes no mention of the simultaneous use of Hieratic in Ancient Egypt(Hieratic is a true phonetic alphabet, and eventually surpassed the use of Heiroglyphics) Still, despite it's shortcomings, I would recommend it to anyone looking to learn how to read Hieroglyphics. and for that sole purpose, it does a good job.