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Hieroglyphs for Travelers: What Do Those Little Pictures Mean? Spiral-bound – 1 Sep 1999
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This little book also provides that same value for those who visit museums with Egyptian collections. Visitors are now able to actually translate some of the glyphs they will see on artifacts in the exhibit..
You will learn to recognize the arrangement of hieroglyphs - left to right, right to left, in columns - and that beauty is more important than spelling. On page 12 you will quickly translate the cartouche names of two pharaohs and a queen. By page 14 you'll translate four more of the god-kings and by page 16 you will recognize the names of 16 more. You will then read the hieroglyphs for royal epithets and other words and abbreviations. Oh, there's more: a little bit of grammar - not much, but enough to recognize simple sentences.
The book also helps you translate the curse at the entrance to the tomb of Idu, the king's letter scribe, so that you may decide whether to enter - or not. The book illustrates many more cartouche names you will find as you travel through the magnificent sites: the tombs, temples, monuments and museums of the Land of the Pharaohs.
Illustrated throughout, the book is portable, pocket-sized and light. It's ideal when traveling, as I could literally keep it at hand for easy reference - a very important factor. I managed to learn a lot from this book and found it a great introduction to understanding the complex world of ancient Egyptian writing. I will definitely be recommending this little gem of a book to my family and friends and it will without any doubt be going back with me to Egypt later this year.
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I had not studied any hieroglyphs before, but this book was great even for me. Pretty easy to understand the basics. I wasn't expecting to decipher the Rosetta stone; I just wanted a chance to see if I could recognize something!
If you really want to be engaged in your tour, rather than be a passive tourist, take this with you.
I only gave it 4 out of 5, however, because I did find a couple of editorial mistakes, and they were not clear about how even the simplest pharoah names could vary, but that's not a big deal.
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