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

Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners

The Revolutionary New Approach to Reading the Monuments

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Published: 1st March 2012
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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 readers through the inscriptions, from simple to more complex, supported by full explanations and translations. Readers will see their 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. This guide is essential reading for anyone interested in Ancient Egypt, hieroglyphs or ancient languages and contains all the knowledge you need in order to start deciphering hieroglyphic texts for yourself.

Prefacep. 7
Inscriptions
Stela of Mereri (c. 2200 BC)p. 10
Sound Signsp. 10
Direction of Writingp. 14
Vowels and Pronunciationp. 16
Determinativesp. 18
How Do We Know How to Read Hieroglyphs?p. 20
Signs Writing 2 or 3 Soundsp. 21
Sound Complementsp. 23
Unexpected Writingsp. 28
What is Transliteration?p. 32
Another Stela of Mereri (c. 2200 BC)p. 34
The Offering Formulap. 36
'a' and 'the'p. 39
Even More Unexpected Writingsp. 39
Ideograms?p. 41
What is Middle Egyptian?p. 42
Stela of Minuser (c. 2200 BC)p. 44
Word Orderp. 47
Funerary Stamp of Mermose (c. 1350 BC)p. 49
Inner Coffin of Khnumhotep, son of Nebtu (c. 1800 BC)p. 52
More About the Offering Formulap. 53
<$$$> k and Identityp. 55
Stela of Dedu and Satsobk (c. 1900 BC)p. 58
Feminine Wordsp. 61
Why Food Offerings?p. 62
Stela of Ty (c. 2200 BC)p. 64
Stela of Intef and Nesumontju (c. 1700 BC?)p. 66
Titles of Osirisp. 67
Stela of Shenwy and Hedjret (c. 1900 BC)p. 68
The Dedication Formulap. 72
The Familyp. 73
Coffin of Khnumhotep, Son of Henib (c. 1850 BC)p. 78
King's Names
Kings' Titulariesp. 82
Stela of Djet, from his Tomb at Abydos (c. 2950 BC)p. 84
Stela of Raneb (c. 2750 BC)p. 85
Inscription of Khakaura Senusret III (c. 1836-1818 BC)p. 86
Writing Pluralsp. 88
Another Inscription of Khakaura Senusret III (c. 1836-1818 BC)p. 89
Three Inscriptions of Ramesses II (c. 1279-1213 BC)p. 92
Three Stelae of Thutmose IV (c. 1400-1390 BC) from the Great Sphinxp. 97
Epithetsp. 98
The King and the Godsp. 104
Inscriptions from a Golden Shrine of Tutankhamun (c. 1332-1322 BC)p. 107
The Oldest Texts and Earliest Hieroglyphs
How Did Writing Begin in Egypt?p. 112
Slate Palette of King Narmer from the Temple of Horus (c. 2950 BC)p. 114
Ivory Comb of King Djet from his Tomb (c. 2950 BC)p. 118
Ivory Label of King Den from his Tomb (c. 2900 BC)p. 119
Putting It All Together: Two Inscriptions
Marriage Inscription of Amenhotep III (c. 1390 BC)p. 122
<$$$>-pw 'he is' or 'she is'p. 127
Offering-Chapel of Sarenput II at Aswan (c. 1850 BC)p. 130
Epiloguep. 135
List of Kings' Namesp. 136
List of Godsp. 141
List of Hieroglyphic Signsp. 144
List of Words in Hieroglyphsp. 154
Sources of Illustrationsp. 159
Indexp. 159
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ISBN: 9780500051726
ISBN-10: 0500051720
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st March 2012
Dimensions (cm): 25.3 x 19.5  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.74