Decoding Egyptian Hieroglyphs: How to Read the Secret Language of the Pharaohs

Decoding Egyptian Hieroglyphs: How to Read the Secret Language of the Pharaohs


By (author) Bridget McDermott, Foreword by Joann Fletcher

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  • Publisher: CHRONICLE BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 191mm x 240mm x 18mm | 667g
  • Publication date: 31 October 2001
  • Publication City/Country: California
  • ISBN 10: 0811832252
  • ISBN 13: 9780811832250
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations colour maps
  • Sales rank: 1,741,803

Product description

For beginners and Egyptologists alike, reading hieroglyphs provides fascinating insights into the land and lore of the pyramids. Decoding Egyptian Hieroglyphs is the only fully illustrated, easy-to-use guide to the meaning and mystery behind this ancient language. A history of hieroglyphs and instructions for how to read them are complemented by vocabulary lists and photographs of real inscriptions. In each chapter, skill-building exercises weave together with details of Egyptian life. Who could have imagined that the sign for the word "millions" is a lizard because Egypt was once overrun with reptiles? Hieroglyphs literally paint portraits of the ancients, depicting everyone from the pharaoh in his court to the farmer along the flooded Nile. Decoding Egyptian Hieroglyphs reveals the beauty and hidden marvels of one of the world's most intriguing cultures.

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Author information

Bridget McDermott is at work on her doctoral thesis on the ancient Egyptian military and is a media consultant on Egyptian archaeology. She lives in England. Joan Fletcher, Ph.D is director of the NILE educational organization, as well as a frequent university lecturer. She divides her time between Egypt and England.