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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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Barry Kemp teaches Egyptology and directs excavations and survey at Tell el-Amarna. His previous books include Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilisation and How to Read the Egyptian Book of the Dead.Review:
"Kemp uses 100 hieroglyphs as a springboard for discussion of a range of topics . . . This clever premise works well . . . enjoyable and informative volume." —Times Higher Education Supplement
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