You need no previous experience reading hieroglyphs to benefit from this book. This is a hieroglyphs guide for the layperson, tourist, or museum enthusiast who'd like to have more of a clue when it comes to understanding Egyptian hieroglyphs. Focusing on the funerary symbols one would be likely to see in Egypt or at a museum, and illustrated with hieroglyphs that are on display in the British Museum (drawn by Richard Parkinson, curator in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum), How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs makes possible a deeper appreciation not just of museum displays but of the Egyptian culture that used this writing system.
Both experts in Egyptology (Collier teaches Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, and Manley teaches the subject at the University of Glasgow), they explain how most hieroglyphs are used to convey the sound of the ancient Egyptian language, then go on to teach, in easily digestible segments, the basic phonograms (sound-signs) used in inscriptions a traveler or museum-goer would be most likely to encounter. Each chapter teaches a new portion of hieroglyphic script and a new aspect of the Middle Egyptian grammar, with a section to practice the new reading skills and exercises to solidify the lessons taught. It provides a wonderful opportunity to sit at home and learn about the pharaonic administration, ancient Egyptian family life, and the Egyptian way of death, while building a firm understanding of the most common features of hieroglyphs. --Stephanie Gold --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Collier (Egyptology, Univ. of Liverpool) and Manley (Egyptology, Univ. of Glasgow) have produced a succinct and usable introduction to reading Egyptian hieroglyphics and basic Middle Egyptian grammar. From the very first chapter, the reader translates actual inscriptions from monuments using exercises and a key. Inasmuch as Egyptian hieroglyphics form a phonetic writing system, some knowledge of grammar and vocabulary is required to decipher texts. Collier and Manley's volume provides this base along with a classified list of all hieroglyphic signs used in the book and the standard transliteration system used by scholars of Egyptian philology, making it clearly preferable to Christian Jacq's Fascinating Hieroglyphics (Sterling, 1997), which features neither. 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; and R.O. Faulkner's Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian (1962), supplemented by David Shennum's English-Egyptian Index of Faulkner's Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian (1977), is essential for vocabulary. The current title is recommended for most reference collections, and a circulating copy is advisable for patrons who might want to undertake the study of the Egyptian language.?Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Sys., Ft. Pierce, FL
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
This book is my second reading into the works of Egyptlogy and
heiroglyphics. I found it informative and methodical. Read more
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... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2009 by M. Caruso
Mark Collier's How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs: A Step-by-Step Guide to Teach Yourself, Revised Edition is really good book about teaching you hieroglyphics. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2007 by Reviewing for dummies
If you want to learn hieroglyphs and you want more than the basic simple books that are available on the market... buy this book!!! Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2004 by Torbjörn Jerlerup
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2003 by Jenna
You won't become an expert on ancient Egypt's writing, but you'll be able to read and decypher common writings from popular museum exhibits, and tourist destinations. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2003 by chemikalguy
I bought this book three years ago and to this day i still cannot practically decipher a single ancient egyptian word! Read morePublished on Dec 28 2002 by O. B. Makhubela
This is not a review per se. Instead I'd just like to point out the fact that a revised edition of this book should be coming out in May 2003 (ISBN 0520239490), so if you are... Read morePublished on Dec 24 2002 by Vitaliy Voronkov