100 Hieroglyphs

Book Details

Author  Barry Kemp
Publisher  Granta UK
Publication Date   May 1, 2006
ISBN  1862078440
Pages  256

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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. 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.

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