100 Hieroglyphs

Think Like An Egyptian

Barry Kemp

Published: 1 May 2006
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 256 pages
ISBN: 9781862078444
£8.99

Overview

Egyptian culture is divided from us by several millennia, a lost people and a dead language. We can discover much about this fascinating civilization from its physical remains, but perhaps the greatest insights into the Egyptian mind come from Egyptian hieroglyphs. They reveal the priorities, concerns and beliefs of the Egyptians - a whole worldview. Unlike the Western alphabet, which is an arbitrary set of symbols not anchored in reality, each Egyptian hieroglyph denotes a concept central to Egyptian thinking. The language and its written form is intimately bound up with the imaginative world of the Egyptians. Here, Barry Kemp presents 100 of the Egyptian hieroglyphs to provide access to this unique culture. Kemp takes us 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. This fascinating book helps us get inside a long-vanished world.


About the author

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Barry Kemp is Professor of Egyptology at the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and Field Director of the Egypt Exploration Society's archaeological expedition to Tell el-Amarna. He is the author of Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilization and 100 Hieroglyphs: Think Like an Egyptian. More about the author





 
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