100 Hieroglyphs: Think Like an Egyptian

Gain insights into a vanished world with this unique look at powerful hieroglyphs.

Barry Kemp presents one hundred of hieroglyphs, their pronunciations, their history, and meanings, revealing aspects of day-to-day life in ancient Egypt.

“How characters used in ancient Egyptians’ writing system offer a fascinating insight into their priorities, concerns, and beliefs, and entire worldview. Using a set of hieroglyphs, this book takes readers on a journey through the Egyptian mind, revealing not only aspects of day to day life in ancient Egypt, but gradually building a picture of the historical and mythological references that were the cornerstones of Egyptian thought.

Egyptian culture is divided from the present by several millennia, a lost people, and a dead language. Much can be discovered about this civilization from its physical remains, but perhaps the greatest insights into the Egyptian mind come from hieroglyphs.

100 Hieroglyphs: Think Like an Egyptian

Unlike the western alphabet, an arbitrary set of symbols not anchored in reality, each Egyptian hieroglyph visually denotes a concept central to Egyptian thinking, so the language and its written form is intimately bound up with the imaginative world of the Egyptians. These 100 Egyptian hieroglyphs provide access to a unique culture and help readers understand a fascinating, long-vanished world.”

100 Hieroglyphs, by Barry Kemp