“If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to read and understand hieroglyphs, this book is the perfect guide. This book will teach you all you need to know about deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs, with the help of hundreds of the most commonly used hieroglyphs arranged in easy-to-use tables, with translations, plus examples from monuments, ancient documents and museum exhibits. Fully illustrated throughout with line drawings, tables and maps, Understanding Hieroglyphs will enthrall anyone who craves the satisfaction of actually understanding the writing which adorns Egyptian monuments and artifacts—unlocking the secrets of an ancient civilization.
For more than 1500 years the hieroglyphs of ancient Egypt defied interpretation but were thought to conceal ancient wisdom and religious secrets. When at last they were deciphered, the hieroglyphs provided a surprisingly vivid picture of all areas of life, from religious myth and ritual to the everyday concerns of ordinary people.
In Understanding Hieroglyphs, Hilary Wilson provides translations of hundreds of the most commonly used hieroglyphs, with examples from monuments, documents and museum exhibits. At the same time, she explains the significance of the terms used, so that the reader gains a fuller understanding of what the original scribe was trying to convey.
Fully illustrated throughout with line drawings, tables and maps, this extraordinary book will enthrall anyone who wants to have the satisfaction of actually being able to read some of the hieroglyphs that adorn the hundreds of Egyptian monuments and artefacts in Egypt and beyond – unlocking the secrets of this ancient civilization.”
— Understanding Hieroglyphs: A Quick and Simple Guide, by Hilary Wilson