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Many people have in the past regarded ancient Egypt as the 'cradle of civilisation' and many people still do. The pure majesty of ancient Egyptian architecture is often just too difficult to put into words, and a high percentage of those who have visited them say that the 'atmosphere of mystery' at the many temples and pyramids is something that can only be experienced to be fully appreciated ...

Since before the dawn of the archaeological era it is in Egypt, more than any other area of the world, that conspiracy theorists and armchair Egyptologists equally find their ultimate focus - 'secret tunnels and chambers' which hold the supposed lost treasures of Atlantis, 'mystery religions' that are supposed to survive to this day as ancient 'secret societies', and 'sacred geometries' which consume researchers for whole lifetimes are all part of the 'air of mystique' that is Ancient Egypt ...

Egyptian chronologies seem to be constantly under review, and 'Tutankhamun', 'Akhenaten', 'Khufu', 'Khafre' and 'Cleopatra' are just some of the names of the ancient rulers of Egypt that have become household names all over the world in the past century or so. Napoleon was facinated by it, and since his time many hundreds of explorers, many thousands of professors and students, and many millions of tourists, have examined, excavated, measured, photographed and experienced the many wondrous ruins of what must rank as one of the most mysterious places on our planet ...

"How old is the Great Sphinx?" is a question that many ask, and 'Why is no-one buried in the Great Pyramid?' is another question that raises almost more questions than the myriad answers which find their way into print each year. No-one can deny that the ancient remains in this facinating country fire the imagination of millions of people worldwide - yet 'there is still something missing'...

Below, and over the next few pages, are a selection of books we have chosen because they reflect the many differing views, theories, and what some feel are simply whacky ideas about this amazing country whose true history we are no nearer to discovering today than was Napoleon in his day ...

 

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"Decoding Egyptian Hieroglyphs: How to Read the Secret Language of the Pharaohs" by Bridget McDermott & Joann Fletcher (Foreword)

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"For beginners and Egyptologists alike, reading hieroglyphs provides fascinating insights into the land and lore of the pyramids. Decoding Egyptian Hieroglyphs is the only fully illustrated, easy-to-use guide to the meaning and mystery behind this ancient language. A history of hieroglyphs and instructions for how to read them are complemented by vocabulary lists and photographs of real inscriptions. In each chapter, skill-building exercises weave together with details of Egyptian life. Who could have imagined that the sign for the word "millions" is a lizard because Egypt was once overrun with reptiles? Hieroglyphs literally paint portraits of the ancients, depicting everyone from the pharaoh in his court to the farmer along the flooded Nile."

 

"An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary: With an Index of English Words, King List, and Geographical List with Indexes, List of Hieroglyphic Characters, Coptic and Semitic Alphabets (Vol 1)" by E. A. Wallis Budge

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"1920. Other volumes in this set include ISBN number(s): 0766176487. Volume 2 of 2. These volumes are a comprehensive dictionary of Egyptian hieroglyphics translated into English for the serious student of Egyptian texts. Every student of Egyptian texts, whether hieroglyphic, hieratic or demotic, has found it necessary to compile in one form or another his own Egyptian dictionary. These volumes also contain an index of English words, king list and geographical list with indexes, list of hieroglyphic characters, Coptic and Semitic alphabets, etc."

 

"Teach Yourself Hieroglyphics" by Ronald L. Bonewitz

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"If you've ever wanted to read ancient inscriptions, this title shows that, as well as being historically interesting, they are relatively simple and fun to work with. This informative guide offers you the opportunity not only to explore hieroglyphics, but also to explore the cultures that used them. The guide: uncovers the mysteries of Egyptian and Mayan hieroglyphics; takes a look at how this ancient language works and is written; unravels the complexities behind Egyptian and Mayan hieroglyphics; and provides the opportunities to practise drawing your own examples on blank cartouches."

 

"Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs" by James P. Allen

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"This book provides a thorough introduction to the writing system of ancient Egypt and the language of hieroglyphic texts. It is designed as a textbook for university and college classes, and is also suitable for individuals learning ancient Egyptian on their own. It contains 26 lessons, exercises (with answers), a list of hieroglyphic signs, and a dictionary. It also includes a series of 25 essays on the most important aspects of ancient Egyptian history, society, religion and literature. The combination of grammar lessons and cultural essays allows users not only to read hieroglyphic texts but also to understand them. The book gives readers the foundation they need to understand the texts on monuments and to read the great works of ancient Egyptian literature in the original. It can also serve as a complete grammatical description of the classical language of ancient Egypt for specialists in linguistics and other related fields."

 

"How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs: A Step-By-Step Guide to Teach Yourself" by Mark Collier, Bill Manley & Richard Parkinson Illustrator)

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"Hieroglyphs are pictures used as signs in writing. When standing before an ancient tablet in a museum or visiting an Egyptian monument, we marvel at this unique writing and puzzle over its meaning. Now, with the help of Egyptologists Mark Collier and Bill Manley, museum-goers, tourists, and armchair travelers alike can gain a basic knowledge of the language and culture of ancient Egypt. Collier and Manley's novel approach is informed by years of experience teaching Egyptian hieroglyphs to non-specialists. Using attractive drawings of actual inscriptions displayed in the British Museum, they concentrate on the kind of hieroglyphs readers might encounter in other collections, especially funerary writings and tomb scenes."

 

"An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Reading Book for Beginners" by E.A. Wallis Budge

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"Egyptian texts (dating from c. 2400 b.c.. to 250 b.c.) on historical, religious, funereal, other topics; printed in hieroglyphics together with transliterations and a complete vocabulary. Also included are full English translations of eight of the texts. "The Tale of Two Brothers," "The Possessed Princess of Bekhten," "The Battles of Kadesh," "A Hymn to Amen-Ra," "The Decree of Canopus," many more."

 

"Understanding Hieroglyphs" by Hilary Wilson

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"Illustrated with dozens of line drawings, tables and maps, Understanding Hieroglyphs will enthral anyone who wants to have the satisfaction of actually being able to read some of the hieroglyphs which adorn the hundreds of Egyptian monuments and artifacts, to be found not only in Egypt but in museums throughput the world."

 

"Ancient Egyptian: A Linguistic Introduction" by Antonio Loprieno

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"The language of Ancient Egypt has been the object of careful investigation since its decipherment in the nineteenth century, but this is the first accessible account which uses the insights of modern linguistics. Antonio Loprieno traces Ancient Egyptian's historical development from Old Egyptian to Coptic, and, combining diachronic and synchronic viewpoints wherever possible, he looks at the hieroglyphic system and its cursive varieties (Hieratic and Demotic), the phonology of Classical Egyptian and Coptic, the phonology and syntax of the literary languages, and semantic and pragmatic constraints on syntax. He also looks at the genetic connections of Egyptian within the Afroasiatic family, especially with Semitic languages such as Akkadian, Arabic, and Hebrew. This book will be essential reading for linguists and Egyptologists alike"

 

"The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone: Key to Ancient Egypt" by James Cross Giblin & Patricia Tobin (Illustrator)

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"Giblin chronicles the lives of several scholars, namely Thomas Young and Jean-Francois Champollion, who struggled to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs and break the code of the Rosetta Stone. Most children's books on Egyptian history make mention of the Rosetta Stone, but few (if any) give it the detailed attention of Giblin's book. This isn't a biography of Champollion, nor is it a dictionary of how to read hieroglyphs (as is Katan's Hieroglyphs: The Writing of Ancient Egypt McElderry, 1981). It's actually more of a "biography" of the stone itself. The writing style is a little dry, and somber photos and black-and-white illustrations lack the vivacity to catch a young reader's eye. But both adults and children will find this a solid reference source for reports or for more detailed information than general books on Egyptology provide."

 

"Egyptian Language: Easy Lessons in Egyptian Hieroglyphics" by E.A. Wallis Budge

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"Ninety years ago E. A. Wallis Budge produced his volume Egyptian Language: Easy Lessons in Egyptian Hieroglyphics with Sign List "to form an easy introduction to the study of the Egyptian hieroglyphic inscriptions." Budge's Egyptian Language provides a introductory overview of how the hieroglyphic system relates to major categories of Egyptian grammar. Budge's presentation can be grasped by most seventh graders. The hieroglyphic type fonts used through out the work are excellent and a great aid to the total novice. The grammatical aspects are richly illustrated with interesting samples of text passages taken from ancient Egyptian sources."

 

"Ancient Egyptian Calligraphy A Beginner's Guide to Writing Hieroglyphs" by Henry G. Fischer

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"This step-by-step guide for students of hieroglyphic paleography is supplemented by 165 line drawings and 200 signs. Books on Egyptology come and go out of print but a select few manage, for good reason, to stay in print. Henry Fischer's "Ancient Egyptian Calligraphy" has always been in print and for good reason. There are scores of books that tell you how to translate and read Egyptian hieroglyphs but very few offer a practical guide as to how to actually write the symbols. Fischer offers a very practical and easy to follow guide that is so simple that it is genius. A slender volume but a truly invaluable one for anyone who is interested in this area of Egyptology."

"The Mysteries of Ancient Egypt"

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"Splendor of Ancient Egypt"

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"The Mystery of the Sphinx"

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"Ancient Egypt - A Journey Back
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"Secrets of Lost Empires: Pharoah's Obelisk"

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"Egypt: Beyond the Pyramids"

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"Lost Treasures of the Ancient World 1: The Pyramids"

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