The Hieroglyphs of Ancient Egypt

The Hieroglyphs of Ancient Egypt


By (author) Aidan Dodson

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  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 194mm x 262mm x 12mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843304015
  • ISBN 13: 9781843304012
  • Illustrations note: 150 colour photographs, 50 b&w illustrations

Product description

This authoritative text aims to reveal the truth behind the mystery of the hieroglyphs and the ancient civilization that created them. Egyptologist Aidan Dodson traces the origins and development of hieroglyphic writing, and explores the varied theories that scholars have expounded in their attempts to explain this curious pictorial script. From the earliest known marks on pottery to contemporary examples, the reader is taken on a journey that brings to life the ancient Egyptian world of kings and queens, religious and cultural ceremony, and domestic and political life. Information on how to read hieroglyphs is also included. Illustrated with photographs of ancient sites and texts, as well as prints and engravings of the signs and inscriptions, this book offers insights into the lives and language of the ancient Egyptians.

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Author information

Aidan Dodson is a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at Bristol University, where he teaches Egyptology. He has lectured in England, Scotland, Egypt, Denmark, Canada and the United States and is a contributing Editor of the Egyptological magazine, KMT. He has written over 80 articles and reviews and is the author of six books, including The Mummy in Ancient Egypt (Thames and Hudson, 1998) and After the Pyramids (Rubicon, 1999). He lives in Redland, Bristol.