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- University of California Press
The Egyptian hieroglyphic script is one of the most beautiful, fascinating, and expressive writing systems ever invented.
In Ancient Egypt, only an elite few could read and write hieroglyphs, but now you too can recognize and write a selection of names, titles, descriptions, sayings, greetingseven insults! For the ancient Egyptians, nothing could exist without a namenames held the spark of life.
In this colorful illustrated guide, Angela McDonald explains how the Egyptians composed names for the elements of their world and along the way opens a fascinating window on their ancient culturetheir gods, enemies, animals, and more. With practical guides and a lively, informative text, she shows how to create many charming and useful phrases in hieroglyphs for yourself, your friends, your petseven your house. There are step-by-step tips on how to draw some of the trickier signs and a collection of genuine Egyptian phrasesgreetings, laments, and insultsfor use in your own compositions.
In the words of one Egyptian papyrus, "By day write with your fingers, recite by night. Befriend the scroll and the paletteit's more fulfilling than wine!"
Copub: British Museum Press
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.00(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.39(d)|
Table of Contents
1. The importance of names in Ancient Egypt
2. People and their names: how Egyptian names are written and what they mean
3. Gods’ names and epithets
4. The animal world: how animal names express the nature of the creature
5. Secret names and names for posterity
6. List of useful Egyptian words and phrases
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought this book at a museum gift shop. Overall, it was an interesting book. It didn't dwell too much on basic translation, rather the focus was on how the Egyptians actually used hieroglyphics. In other words, you didn't just learn how to write your name in hieroglyphics, you learned about the ways names were used (such as nicknames, royal names, or an 'other-wordly' name). You are also given the hieroglyphic equivalent of common words ("mother" "father") common phrases ("to be ill" , body parts (arm, for example), or occupations. This was something I haven't found in other books on hieroglyphics. The book also spends quite a bit of time explaining the background of some of the words and how they were used, including their position, their literal meaning, and when certain ones were used. Overall, it was an interesting and creative take on Egyptian hieroglyphics. Most books tend to be straightforward, but this one was a little more creative. A little on the short side (80 pages including glossary and other material), but definitely packs a lot information in those 80 or so pages.