- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: British Museum Press; 01 edition (30 Mar. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0714119105
- ISBN-13: 978-0714119106
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.6 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs: A step-by-step guide to teach yourself Hardcover – 30 Mar 1998
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"Whether you're a budding Indiana Jones or just curious, translating ancient tomb inscriptions is now possible with "How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs, by Mark Collier and Bill Manley. They reveal the bizarre idiosyncrasies of hieroglyph construction, syntax and grammar."--"American Scientist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Mark Collier is a lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool. Bill Manley teaches Egyptology at the University of Glasgow. Richard Parkinson is a curator in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
means that you have to stick at it, and do the exercises fully.
If you get any of the questions wrong, it is *very* advisable to
go back and find out why.
Most books on language start out with "one ox", "two oxen".. and
so on.. eventually getting to "my pyramid" etc, but you just
don't get this. There's no exhaustive use of the information
presented, in order to help it sink in. You must do any extra
example-hunting yourself (Oxford History of Ancient Egypt is an excellent place for lots of pictures of Hieroglyphs).
I give it four points because it is an amazing book, but lacks
the 'extra stuff' which could give the reader a mental rest
between the barrages of information, or the usual linguistic
training aids. Don't let this put you off though. There is
*no* other book which will teach you hieroglyphics as well or as
It is not as extensive as Gardiner's grammar, yet I think it is a very good book for starting!
Actually, the information blurb from the Library Journal linked to the book's entry here states: 'Reference collections desiring more complete coverage will want Alan Gardiner's Egyptian Grammar (1957. 3d ed.) despite some obsolescence in the treatment of the verbal system.'
I actually learned hieroglyphs using that text at the University of London in the 1980s. But I have assembled a collection of more accessible books on how to learn hieroglyphs as refreshers and for sharing. I have four texts, and this was the first of the lot.
If you are truly interested in learning Egyptian hieroglyphs for an upcoming trip to Egypt or to visit a museum with a collection (I amazed a friend once by being able to read an inscription at the museum; I confessed that of the hundreds of 'paragraphs' of hieroglyphs in the collection, that that was one of only two I could decipher without my notebook), Collier and Manley's 'How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs' is a good choice for learning.
It begins with a basic description of the way in which hieroglyphs are used (some signs are words, but actually very few, and others are sound-meaning symbols). Collier and Manley introduce a transliteration system to ease your way into pronunciation (and pronunciation is very sketchy, given the fact there are no recordings from ancient Egypt). Symbols can vary occasionally for sound, meaning, and determinative value.
The pattern of hieroglyphs is also variable. Generally, you always want to 'read into the face', i.e., the picto-glyphs will be facing the direction from which to start -- more often right to left than left to right, and columns go top to bottom.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A really good book-I have tried learning from others- this is the best. I will be visiting the ashmolean museum in oxford a lot more now to read all those inscriptions. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
very clear and easy to understand. Nice book and incredible value.Published 14 months ago by PeterH
A wonderful book and one that I will be delving into for a while to come.Published 17 months ago by Mr. J. D. Mercer