A practical teach-yourself course on ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs for the general reader. In this text, the grammar of ancient Egypt is introduced using the inscriptions found on monuments, with an emphasis on learning to read and translate accurately. A series of 43 exercises accompanies an easy to follow ten-step guide and is supported by a reference section of sign-lists and a short dictionary at the end of the text. Background notes on general topics including gods, royal dynasties and principal sites aim to help the reader to understand the historical concept.
If you have ever stood before an ancient Egyptian monument and wondered what the hieroglyphs could possibly mean, then this is the book for you. Aimed at those with no previous knowledge of the language of the Pharaohs, it is a clear, practical and enthusiastic guide, complete with exercises and a vocabulary list. By the end of it, you will be able to offer sacrifices to Osiris in phrases the god might have understood, and know how to complain in Egyptian if your goose has been overcooked. Published by the British Museum Press, this is worthy of the institution which holds the Rosetta Stone. (Kirkus UK)