Hieroglyphs are pictures used as signs in writing. When standing before an ancient tablet in a museum or visiting an Egyptian monument, we marvel at this unique writing and puzzle over its meaning. Now, with the help of Egyptologists Mark Collier and Bill Manley, museum-goers, tourists, and armchair travelers alike can gain a basic knowledge of the language and culture of ancient Egypt.
Collier and Manley's novel approach is informed by years of experience teaching Egyptian hieroglyphs to non-specialists. Using attractive drawings of actual inscriptions displayed in the British Museum, they concentrate on the kind of hieroglyphs readers might encounter in other collections, especially funerary writings and tomb scenes. Each chapter introduces a new aspect of hieroglyphic script or Middle Egyptian grammar and encourages acquisition of reading skills with practical exercises.
The texts offer insights into the daily experiences of their ancient authors and touch on topics ranging from pharaonic administration to family life to the Egyptian way of death. With this book as a guide, one can enjoy a whole new experience in understanding Egyptian art and artifacts around the world.
Introduction to the Revised Edition
2. More Uses of Hieroglyphs
3. Special Writings
4. Scenes and Captions
6. Further Aspects of Description
8. The Future
Hieroglyphic Sign-Lists for the Exercises
Key to the Exercises
Bibliography and Further Reading
Mark Collier is Lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool. Bill Manley teaches Egyptology at the University of Glasgow. Richard Parkinson is Curator in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum.
“[Compared to a competing title,] The presentation here is nicer, both in explanation and in layout. That’s important if you’re slogging through some hieroglyphs after a long day’s work. With enough dedication, either book will help, but I was happier with Collier and Manley’s.”—MR Archaeology Magazine
“The strengths of this book are many. The goals of each chapter are clearly summarized at the chapter’s beginnings. . . .an excellent small grammar. It is especially recommended for the educated general reader who wishes to be a more info informed museum visitor.”—Charles F. Aling Near East Archaeological Society Bltn