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  • Hardcover: 191 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Revised edition edition (July 20 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520239490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520239494
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.4 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 24 2005
Format: Hardcover
Well, what title should I give for a book on Egyptian hieroglyphs?
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Caruso on Jan. 15 2009
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If you are interested in reading Egyptian hieroglyphs, this is really a good book to study. There is complete information about the nature of this kind of writing - a mixture of symbolic and phonetic writing - with a dictionary and exercises to test your newly acquired knowledge in deciphering coded message. Lots of fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.C. Douglass on Sept. 18 2003
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I'm 16 years old, I am planning a trip to Egypt. When I get out of High School. This book is great for me, Because I Love Egypt with all my Heart and it will help me to understand the country better. I first got this book from the Library, But I am going to buy it as soon as I can. There is one book I read before this one. The book is call Hieroglyphs: The Writing of Ancient Egypt. This book was ok, but it didn't go in to detail like this one. Its a good book for those who want a lite read. So if you love Egypt as much as I do, you will get How to read Egyptian Hieroglyphs.
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By sammaks on Dec 26 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is my second reading into the works of Egyptlogy and
heiroglyphics. I found it informative and methodical. It was written
for the beginner, but with some added advanced grammatical lessons.
I loved this book and would recommended to the Egyptology enthusiast.
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If you want to learn hieroglyphs and you want more than the basic simple books that are available on the market... buy this book!!!
It begins with offering formulas and the names of pharaos and thereby you will instantly be able to read simple texts and get much joy out of the studies. The offering formulas are somewhat alike in all instances and is excellent to begin your studies with!
In short! Buy the book!
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By Jenna on Aug. 5 2003
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This book was really helpful for me when I wanted to learn how to read heiroglyphs. It focused on some pretty hard stuff and explained it step by step. It's an excellent book for beginners.
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By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 9 2003
Format: Hardcover
Well, what title should I give for a book on Egyptian hieroglyphs?
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.
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