How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs : A Step-by-step Guide to Teach Yourself, Hardback Book

How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs : A Step-by-step Guide to Teach Yourself Hardback

Illustrated by Richard Parkinson

4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


A practical teach-yourself course on ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs for the general reader.

In this text, the grammar of ancient Egypt is introduced using the inscriptions found on monuments, with an emphasis on learning to read and translate accurately.

A series of 43 exercises accompanies an easy to follow ten-step guide and is supported by a reference section of sign-lists and a short dictionary at the end of the text.

Background notes on general topics including gods, royal dynasties and principal sites aim to help the reader to understand the historical concept.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 160 pages, 32 b&w illustrations
  • Publisher: British Museum Press
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  • Category: Palaeography (history of writing)
  • ISBN: 9780714119106



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I have a whole bunch of books on hieroglyphic Egyptian, but this was the only one that I've really been able to sink my teeth into. Its emphasis is on being able to go to a museum and make sense of some of the artifacts there. The first things you learn are to read the names of pharaohs and the offering formula. I read the first five chapters of this book before going to the Egyptian Museum and it made my visit there a lot more memorable, since I could figure out at least which pharaoh a monument belonged to. (It also impressed a passing tourist no end when I could tell him that a certain stele belonged to a certain pharaoh...can't remember which one it was, but I think his name ended with -kaure.) Highly recommended to start off your study of Egyptian hieroglyphs. Also light enough for you to take on the plane, as compared with books like <i>Egyptian Grammar</i> by Gardiner.

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This is a very clever little book. I read it, went to the British Museum's Egyptology Collection and could read the hieroglyphs fairly well. The authors are from the BM, but present the Egyptian in modern way for the beginner. The chapters are well-paced, and you can work your way through them by yourself. Egyptian isn't the easiest language to learn, but this book certainly helps.