FREE READ ½ Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners Ugh the script and language of ancient EgyptWe enter the world of the ancient Egyptians and explore their views on life and death Egypt and the outside world humanity and the divine The book draws on texts found on some thirty artifac. 55 starsRecommended for people who like languages learning languages how to books code breaking history linguistic anthropologyThis is a good introductory book for people who want to learn to read hieroglyphics I ll start off by saying it is in no way a comprehensive dictionary of hieroglyphs the author only includes some of the most relevantcommon ones as well as the most relevantcommon pharaohs gods and words As the title suggests it is for beginners though in the epilogue Manley suggests a list of other books if you re interested in continuing your education in the languageI thought this book was a fantastic intro Not only does Manley slowly adapt you to the symbols but he actually explains how they re used why we think they came to be used that way and the progression of the written language from pre hieroglyph glyphs to the Arabic we see today In the beginning of the book he separates the symbols we ll need into 1 sound signs s m t 2 sound signs mr ms nb 3 sound signs nfr stp ntr and signs that don t have sounds associated with them but solely stand for words group god town From there Manley introduces you to words that use each set of sounds starting with words like for n and progressing to lord nb and finally choose stp From there Manley basically has you jump right in and start reading off of statues In the beginning they re pretty simple and he walks you through some of the common terms phrases and structures you ll see when looking at stelas and monuments It starts off slow with only three or four lines to read per monumentstela and then by the end Manley has you able to read 9 line stelas almost completely Actual pictures of the monumentsstelas are provided in black and white which can make it hard to figure out what the symbol is but for most of the pictures there s also a separate rendering of the hieroglyphs that s clearer My pet peeve though is that this rendering stops being provided as much toward the end of the book which is also coincidentally when you start getting into stelasmonuments that have been damaged I understand that it s good practice to be able to look at a not so clear picture and pictures of damaged glyphs and be able to translate them since that s all you ll have in the real world but it s also still a book for beginners and I think renderings of some of the harder ones would be nice Manley could put them at the back of the book if he still wanted readers to try on their own firstOn top of learning words phrases and their associated sounds Manley also introduces you to cartouches which are the little oval looking carvings pharaohs and other officials put their names inside of You read them a bit differently than you would read the rest of the monument but they re pretty simple and easy to get a hang of I think Manley spent a little too much time in this section since cartouches are mainly just recognizing the symbols writing down their sounds not the words associated with them and then finding a name in the back of the book that matches the sounds or symbols Super easyAll in all I think it s a good book to get started learning Egyptian Hieroglyphs if you re interested or if you just want a fun activity to do over breaks or on weekends If you re good with traditional codes not computer codes but stuff like ciphers and shifts then this would also be pretty good for you since a lot of it is just decrypting a code no foreign language skills necessary
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FREE READ ½ Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners This is the first guide to reading hieroglyphs that begins with Egyptian monuments themselves Assuming no knowledge on the part of the reader it shows how to interpret the information on the inscriptions in a step by step journey thro. This book is really neat It teaches about Egyptian culture religion and general beliefs while the reader learns the basics of reading hieroglyphs found on monuments in tombs etc It helps the reader remove the popular misconceptions about Egyptian language and culture as well as about language in general and often makes good comparisons between features in English and those in Egyptian The typesetting is very easy to read and original pictures as well as sketches are used to teach hieroglyphs The emphasis is on teaching the reader to read these monuments so words and formulas common to these are taught There is little in the way of grammar but it isn t usually needed for the casual museum attenderI really enjoyed the discussion of the Egyptian origin story as well as the explanations of Egyptian cultural keywords maat ka baSome things I thought were neatThe idea that civilization was primitive and therefore used pictures to write is mis informed Hieratic was used for normal writing and the history is just as long as that for hieroglyphs Hieroglyphs had sacred and artistic value and so are found on monuments art jewelry etcThe concept of maat means order and civilization and contrasted with the state of chaos in the uncivilized lands outside of Egypt One of the pharaoh s roles was to turn chaos into maatThe Egyptian gods are innumerable because they were used as a language of divinity New gods would be devised old ones combined or altered foreign ones adopted etc to get the right point acrossBill Manley à 0 FREE READ
FREE READ ½ Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners Ts ranging from coffins to stelae to obelisks found in museums in Egypt America and Europe and selected across two thousand years The texts are then explained clearly and are supported by full translations photographs and line drawing.
- Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners
- Bill Manley
- 08 August 2020