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Hieroglyphs without mystery : an introduction to ancient Egyptian writing

Author: Ann Macy Roth; Karl-Theodor Zauzich
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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. Now available for the first time in English translation,  Read more...
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Roth, Ann Macy, 1954-
Hieroglyphs without mystery.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 1992
(OCoLC)643735644
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ann Macy Roth; Karl-Theodor Zauzich
ISBN: 0292730608 9780292730601 0292798040 9780292798045
OCLC Number: 25130983
Description: xii, 121 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Generalities. Not for Geniuses Only ; Beauty as a Rule for Spelling ; Pictures but Not Picture Writing ; How Egyptologists Speak Egyptian ; What Is Transliteration? --
2. 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 --
3. 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 --
4. Conclusion. Selected Royal Names ; Names of Gods ; Further Study of Hieroglyphs --
5. Appendixes. Solutions to the Problems ; Books on Egyptian Vocabulary and Grammar ; Hieroglyphic Sign List ; Museum Numbers and Photo Credits for the Objects Discussed.
Responsibility: Karl-Theodor Zauzich ; translated and adapted for English-speaking readers by Ann Macy Roth.
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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. Now available for the first time in English translation, 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. Thus hieroglyphs can serve to penetrate the mysteries, not only of what the ancient Egyptians said, but also of how they thought and how they viewed their world.

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