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
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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