Customer Reviews


14 Reviews
5 star:
 (10)
4 star:
 (3)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, and dare I say it - enthralling!
This book is a must for beginners - its red decal says it all - Brand New Method.
As a beginner starting out with the intention of better understanding all those monuments that one visits in Egypt, I sought various books that would get me to that point. Janice Kamrin's book - Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs: a practical guide is also excellent but introduces large...
Published on 5 April 2012 by ProfP

versus
1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay.
The summary as written on line prepared one for this book. No great surprises. Enjoyable to read if this is your taste in literature
Published 21 months ago by pat neale


‹ Previous | 1 2 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, and dare I say it - enthralling!, 5 April 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners: The Revolutionary New Approach to Reading the Monuments (Hardcover)
This book is a must for beginners - its red decal says it all - Brand New Method.
As a beginner starting out with the intention of better understanding all those monuments that one visits in Egypt, I sought various books that would get me to that point. Janice Kamrin's book - Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs: a practical guide is also excellent but introduces large numbers of words before one even gets to trying out what one has learned other than through exercises of text. Working with real inscriptions comes much later, but only after one has really struggled.

Bill Manley's new book is different in that it instills confidence right from the first chapter - starting with a stela for translation which he shows is entirely possible by learning and referring to a few basics and following some rules. Chapters progress steadily introducing the reader to the offering formula, with relevant tidbits and history carefully placed to increase understanding and maintain interest. Almost without realising it as one moves through the chapters, one picks up 2 and 3 sound signs, titles of position, and being able to tackle more and more complex dedications and epithets. The illustrations are good with both photographs and line drawings to ease visualisation, and sections of carvings ringed off so as to tackle the transliterations and translations piecemeal. By the end one is dealing with quite complex carvings and feeling good about how to approach them.

I managed the whole book in a week, getting up early just to tackle a little more, and similarly each evening. Mesmerising and a real treat.
This book replaces and far supersedes the starter chapters in the 'best seller' of he and Mark Collier - How to Read Egyptian - although he suggests their text a follow up to this book. It is clear to me that this new volume requires a successor volume that will move the reader on to some of the more complex issues by using the new methodology and especially the layout which is so much better. I look forward to that book emerging soon as it will certainly become the new standard. Thanks and well done Bill.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revealer of secrets, 26 Mar 2013
By 
Antenna (UK) - See all my reviews
(TOP 500 REVIEWER)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners: The Revolutionary New Approach to Reading the Monuments (Hardcover)
A visit to Egyptian temples where at least some hieroglyphics have survived the vandalism of fanatics from other religions is likely to kindle an interest in this subject. In a book that is attractively presented as you would expect from Thames and Hudson, but not too expensive since it is illustrated in black-and-white, Bill Manley succeeds in explaining the principles of hieroglyphics from scratch.

I have no idea how an expert would rate it, but I found it easy to grasp that many picture symbols in fact represent sounds: an owl is "m" and a ripple of water "n". You need to digest each principle before moving on to the next step, since Manley quickly introduces complications: 2 sound and then 3 sound signs, moving on the the "difficult to grasp" concept of "sound complements" which I found hard to understand as I was trying to go too fast. Then, there are the ideograms, or elements of "picture writing" such as the representation of the god Anubis as a dog lying on a shrine. Other symbols with a special sign added denote whole words, such as "mouth".

It is fascinating to realise that, whilst spoken Egyptian obviously had vowels, these were rarely written in the hieroglyphics, which in sense form "word skeletons" of consonants - like text speak! Also, hieroglyphics can be read in either direction, according to the direction in which the symbols are facing. Although knowledge of how to read this ancient script was lost for centuries, its similarities to Egyptian Coptic eventually provided the key to translating it.

If you do not wish to work systematically through the book, a good deal of enjoyment can be gained from browsing with a focus on lists of words and annotated diagrams which interpret inscriptions on famous monuments. What makes this book both distinctive and successful as an absorbing introduction is that the chapters are designed round a number of stelae - carvings - selected from monuments erected between 3000 and 1100 BC. Avoiding the risk of becoming a dry grammar, Manley takes care to include an explanation of Egyptian culture along with the language instruction.

An experienced teacher, the author is clever in his approach, since skimming through the book whets your appetite to make the effort to get to grips with the detail and so obtain the satisfaction of getting more out of viewing monuments in the future.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reading ancient Egyptian texts, 20 Nov 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners: The Revolutionary New Approach to Reading the Monuments (Hardcover)
Dr. Bill Manley has long sought to make the life and work of the ancient Egyptians better known through running courses on reading Egyptian hieroglyphs. His long experience in doing so has enabled him to transfer the knowledge he has gained onto the pages of this book, a work he stresses is intended for complete beginners who may have no particular knowledge of a foreign language, ancient of modern, and no particular knowledge of grammar or specialised terminology.

Many people who have visited museums which display collections of Egyptian antiquities may have wished they could read what some of the exhibits such as stela having inscriptions carved on them, all all too often the labels that accompany them do not provide a translation. Such people, then, will find this well written and presented work of great value, as it enables its readers to look into the minds of those who had the inscriptions carved, for if we can read them the past comes vividly alive, and in a sense so do those whose ancient Egyptians whose monuments you read. More than that, it kept their names alive as it was Egyptian belief that those whose names were spoken were assured of the afterlife and that their "souls" would not linger lost in a sort of limbo.

Easy as the system Dr. Manley sets out, there is a need for the reader to make the effort to follow the book in its entirety. It is well worth the effort, for by the time you have finished it they should have a basic working knowledge of the language of an important ancient people thereby opening a whole new world of understanding that perhaps will prompt further exploration. The book is well written and amply illustrated with text figures and exceptionally clear photographs. Included is a king and another of Egyptian gods and goddesses. In addition there is a list of hieroglyphic signs, a word list and a short index. A bibliography of other works on the subject matter would have been useful, and, perhaps, some comments on the method of translation formulated by Sir Wallace Budge which has been heavily criticised as being innacurate and misleading but still has many users because of its availability in cheap paperbacks.
Robert Morrell.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 4 Oct 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners: The Revolutionary New Approach to Reading the Monuments (Hardcover)
I am doing a module at uni where we are learning hieroglyphics. This book is perfect and would recommend to anyone studying or just interested.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TITLE: Egyptian Hieroglyphs for beginners by Bill Manley, 19 Dec 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners: The Revolutionary New Approach to Reading the Monuments (Hardcover)
TITLE: Egyptian hieroglyphs for beginners by Bill Manley.
An excellent book for the study of heiroglyphs especially when backed up by Bill manley himself in a days lecture. So clear. Thanks to him.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fo beginners, 15 Oct 2012
This review is from: Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners: The Revolutionary New Approach to Reading the Monuments (Hardcover)
This is an excellent book for beginners, well paced, it does not overwhelm you. Good picture quality, plenty of real examples. I definitely find it better suited for complete beginners than How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs: A step-by-step guide to teach yourself.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction, 23 Jun 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners: The Revolutionary New Approach to Reading the Monuments (Hardcover)
This is by far the most user friendly introduction to Middle Egyptian on the market! Using about 20 real inscriptions from the Middle Egyptian period, presented in a short, manageable way, Manley introduces the reader sensibly to uniliterals (single-sound glyphs) to develop your confidence and competence in pronunciation, followed by more complex 2 and 3 sound glyphs. Manley teaches you how to read the formula which decorate stelae, coffins and sarcophagi from the period and within a matter of weeks, with daily study, you'll be surprised at how quickly you pick it up and how much you are able to read.

The front cover contains fragments of two offerings which meant nothing whatsoever to me when I first sat down to read this book. Now, I can read both with ease.

This is definitely the book to buy if you are interested in Ancient Egypt, if you are planning a trip there and want to be able to make sense of what you see or even if you only travel so far as your nearest city's museum.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, 17 Feb 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners: The Revolutionary New Approach to Reading the Monuments (Hardcover)
Having attended a couple of courses over 20 years ago I felt more than a little rusty. This book is a welcome and interesting refresher course and would also be an excellent starter for a complete beginner. It contains far more background in the study of ancient Egypt than might be contained in a book on hieroglyphs alone. In other words it's for the amateur Egyptologist as well.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars Reference, 8 Mar 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners: The Revolutionary New Approach to Reading the Monuments (Hardcover)
Having gone through this book still can't read hieroglyphs but it is very interesting and would certainly help most people.
Well presented.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet!, 24 Nov 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners: The Revolutionary New Approach to Reading the Monuments (Hardcover)
I've spent shedloads of money and used up yards of shelf space trying to find a book which really does take the mystery out of the deciphering of Egyptian hieroglyphics. Mr Manley writes as if he's in the room with you, speaking directly to you and does not make you feel like a moron when you've forgotten something and have to refer back. I'm 68 and have been searching for something like this for years. Its so wel written that you can put the book down for a week, and when you pick it up, you still remember what you've been taught. I don't know how he does it, but he does it for me! Thank you Mr Manley. My trips to Egypt will now be even more interesting. Can't wait to get into those tombs!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 2 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Only search this product's reviews