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Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners

The Revolutionary New Approach to Reading the Monuments

Bill Manley


An original, accessible approach to reading hieroglyphs

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An entirely fresh and accessible approach to reading ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs by a proven expert, this step-by-step introduction assumes no previous knowledge of grammar or ancient languages, but guides you through the inscriptions, from simple to more complex, supported by full explanations and translations.

You will see your knowledge and skills grow as Bill Manley clearly explains the mysteries of hieroglyphs without jargon or technical terms, guiding the reader step by step through 27 real-life, unaltered texts from stelae, tombs and portable objects. Specially commissioned line drawings present engaging texts clearly and elegantly, while fact boxes bring to life images of monuments of high officials and kings, giving glimpses of ancient Egyptian society and beliefs.

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'A refreshingly new approach to the subject … beautifully produced and illustrated in a manner that should make it appealing not only to the complete beginner at whom it is aimed, but also to those with a basic knowledge wishing to refresh their skills. I recommend it highly'
Ancient Egypt Magazine

'A godsend … I am sure that Champollion would approve'

'Ever wanted to learn about Egyptian hieroglyphs? Here’s the book for you!'

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 24.5 x 18.6 cm

Extent: 160 pp

Publication date: 26 March 2012

ISBN: 9780500051726

Contents List

Preface; 10 monuments of Egyptian officials with 22 ‘what you need to know’ sections; 12 texts of Egyptian pharaohs with 4 ‘what you need to know’ sections; 3 texts from the Old Kingdom with 1 ‘what you need to know’ section; 2 inscriptions that bring everything together with 1 ‘what you need to know’ section

About the Author

Bill Manley is an Egyptologist, university lecturer, museum curator and best-selling author. He teaches Egyptology and Coptic at the University of Glasgow, and is Co-Director of Egiptología Complutense, Honorary President of Egyptology Scotland and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool. He was formerly Senior Curator for Ancient Egypt at National Museums Scotland, and continues to work with archaeological projects in Egypt. His specialist output includes books, catalogues, articles and exhibitions covering such diverse subjects as ancient texts, the history of Egyptology, gold jewelry, the archaeology of Palestine and the world’s earliest philosophy.

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