Hieroglyphs Without Mystery An Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Writing

ISBN-10: 0292798040
ISBN-13: 9780292798045
Edition: 1992
List price: $19.95
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Description: Marveling over the tomb treasures of Ramses II and Tutankhamen that have toured U.S. and European museums in recent years, visitors inevitably wonder what the mysterious hieroglyphs that cover their surfaces mean. Indeed, everyone who is fascinated  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 1/1/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 135
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Marveling over the tomb treasures of Ramses II and Tutankhamen that have toured U.S. and European museums in recent years, visitors inevitably wonder what the mysterious hieroglyphs that cover their surfaces mean. Indeed, everyone who is fascinated by ancient Egypt sooner or later wishes for a Rosetta stone to unlock the secrets of hieroglyphic writing. Hieroglyphs without Mystery provides the needed key. Written for ordinary people with no special language skills, the book quickly demonstrates that hieroglyphic writing can be read, once a few simple principles are understood. Zauzich explains the basic rules of the writing system and the grammar and then applies them to thirteen actual inscriptions taken from objects in European and Egyptian museums. By following his explanations and learning the most commonly used glyphs, readers can begin to decode hieroglyphs themselves and increase their enjoyment of both museum objects and ancient Egyptian sites. Even for the armchair traveler, learning about hieroglyphs opens a sealed door into ancient Egyptian culture. In examining these inscriptions, readers will gain a better understanding of Egyptian art, politics, and religion, as well as language.

Foreword
Translator's Preface
Generalities
Not for Geniuses Only
Beauty as a Rule for Spelling
Pictures but Not Picture Writing
How Egyptologists Speak Egyptian
What Is Transliteration?
The Writing System
The Egyptian Alphabet
Biliteral Signs
The Phonetic Complement
Triliteral Signs
Ideograms (Sense-Signs)
Determinatives
Graphic Peculiarities and Abbreviations
Complication and Simplification
A Little Grammar
Grammatical Gender
The Plural and the Dual
Genitive Constructions
Suffix Pronouns
Adjectives
Examples
An Architrave of Sahure
A Glazed Tile from the Palace of Ramesses II at Qantir
Lintel from a Temple or Palace of Ramesses II
Fragment of a Tomb Wall
A Wooden Box from the Treasures of Tutankhamun
Tutankhamun's Alabaster Chest
The Alabaster Cup of Tutankhamun
A Canopic Coffin of Tutankhamun
The Canopic Chest of Tutankhamun
Vignette from a Book of the Dead
The False Door of Khut-en-Ptah
The Tomb Stela of Tashep-Khonsu
The Hieroglyphs on the Cover: A Temple Inscription
Conclusion-
Selected Royal Names
Names of Gods
Further Study of Hieroglyphs
Appendixes
Solutions to the Problems
Books on Egyptian Vocabulary and Grammar
Hieroglyphic Sign List
Museum Numbers and Photo Credits for the Objects Discussed

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