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Hieroglyphs without Mystery: An Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Writing

Hieroglyphs without Mystery: An Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Writing
Author: Karl-Theodor Zauzich
ISBN 13: 9780292798045
ISBN 10: 292798040
Edition: 1st
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication Date: 1992-11-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 135
List Price: $34.95

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.

This popular book was originally published in Germany in 1980 as Hieroglyphen ohne Geheimnis.