Hieroglyphs: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | August 17, 2004

byPenelope Wilson

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Hieroglyphs were far more than a language. They were an omnipresent and all-powerful force in communicating the messages of ancient Egyptian culture for over three thousand years; used as monumental art, as a means of identifying Egyptianness, and for rarefied communication with the gods.In this exciting new study, Penelope Wilson explores the cultural significance of the script with an emphasis on previously neglected areas such as cryptography, the continuing decipherment into modern times, and examines the powerful fascination hieroglyphs still hold for us today.

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Hieroglyphs were far more than a language. They were an omnipresent and all-powerful force in communicating the messages of ancient Egyptian culture for over three thousand years; used as monumental art, as a means of identifying Egyptianness, and for rarefied communication with the gods.In this exciting new study, Penelope Wilson expl...

Penelope Wilson obtained her undergraduate degree and PhD at the University of Liverpool, and worked as Assistant Keeper in the Department of Antiquities in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, for seven years. She is presently Lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Durham, and Field Director for the Egyptian Exploration Society Mi...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 7.01 × 4.37 × 0.36 inPublished:August 17, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192805029

ISBN - 13:9780192805027

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Table of Contents

1. The origins of writing in Egypt2. Hieroglyphic script and the Egyptian language3. Hieroglyphs and art4. 'I Know You, I Know Your Names'5. Scribes and everyday writing6. The decipherment of Egyptian7. Hieroglyphs in the modern worldNotesChronologyFurther ReadingIndex