Hieroglyphs: A Very Short Introduction

Hieroglyphs: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Very Short Introductions

By (author) Penelope Wilson

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 112mm x 168mm x 12mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 2 June 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192805029
  • ISBN 13: 9780192805027
  • Illustrations note: numerous halftones & line drawings
  • Sales rank: 492,754

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Hieroglyphs were far more than a language. They were an omnipresent and all-powerful force in communicating the messages of ancient Egyptian culture for over three thousand years; used as monumental art, as a means of identifying Egyptianness, and for rarefied communication with the gods. In this exciting new study, Penelope Wilson explores the cultural significance of the script with an emphasis on previously neglected areas such as cryptography, the continuing decipherment into modern times, and examines the powerful fascination hieroglyphs still hold for us today. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Author information

Penelope Wilson obtained her undergraduate degree and PhD at the University of Liverpool, and worked as Assistant Keeper in the Department of Antiquities in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, for seven years. She is presently Lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Durham, and Field Director for the Egyptian Exploration Society Mission to Sais in Egypt.

Table of contents

1. The origins of writing in Egypt ; 2. Hieroglyphic script and the Egyptian language ; 3. Hieroglyphs and art ; 4. 'I Know You, I Know Your Names' ; 5. Scribes and everyday writing ; 6. The decipherment of Egyptian ; 7. Hieroglyphs in the modern world ; Notes ; Chronology ; Further Reading ; Index