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Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs: A Practical Guide - A Step-by-Step Approach to Learning Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs Hardcover – November 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081094961X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810949614
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,316,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Janice Kamrin holds a Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Pennsylvania, and she has taught, written, and lectured widely on the subject of ancient Egypt. She currently works with Zahi Hawass, Secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt, on many of his publications.

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Excellent resource - learned a lot about different ancient languages and the ties between them.
Judith L. Jackson
I think it's the best book for any one that wants to learn ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs, and lot's of history and culture along the way.
Maor.B
It is a beautiful book as well, nicely designed, with clear readable font and lovely coloured illustrations.
Sara E. Orel

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Sara E. Orel on January 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Kamrin's Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs is a great introduction to the subject, and is designed to be eminently usable. This is the ideal book for someone who has time to really sit down and work with it, someone who has always wanted to know what it might be like to actually read hieroglyphs.

The ideal audience is a college student or even a high school student who has always wanted to know more about Egyptology than what he or she could get on the Discovery Channel. While it would not replace a year of university-level language study, it is not designed to do so.

The exercises are clear and doable (and there is a section of answers at the back!), and each section builds carefully on the section before. It is a beautiful book as well, nicely designed, with clear readable font and lovely coloured illustrations.

I have a recommendation, however -- you may not want to actually write in the book itself -- the paper is too nice quality for a workbook, which this is in a way. I recommend that you get yourself a notebook and copy out the exercises as you attempt them (a good way to really familiarize yourself with hieroglyphs), or photocopy the more complicated ones and work them on a photocopied page (you may well want to keep the book in better condition than erasing pencil or writing in ink may allow). Otherwise, this is a great book, and would be a lovely gift for someone who is really into ancient Egypt and ready to move beyond the really pretty picture books to see what Egyptology might really be like.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Praxiteles on August 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a great guide to learning to read from actual monuments and objects. I used the knowledge from the book to translate the faces of some Egyptian obelisks I saw while on vacation in Europe.

I recommend this book unequivocally.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bour3 on June 14, 2009
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Buy this book, you'll find nothing better to get you started, but I do wish there was someone here with me with whom I could dispute. You're given the vocabulary and you're given the rules as they're understood, and you're given instruction to remain flexible, really flexible, but honestly, there's not a single exercise that isn't frustrating. Matching the solutions to the problems often left me wondering how the author managed to get to that solution with the material provided. I do wish there had been clearer examples. Also, I didn't much care for new material being sprung within the exercises ostensively for practicing the fresh martial just provided, on matter how minor, that sends the student scrurring scrounging the indexes and online for something that resembles the apparently new shape that appears within the example and stops the transliteration dead in its tracks.

I have gone through all the exercises and carefully studied each of the solutions, compared them with my own replications of the exercises and my solution, I have hand-copied every single symbol onto index cards, and used those cards, every title, every phrase, and I've copied each exercise into a separate notebook. I've copied the Gardiner's sign list onto cards as well as the vocabulary provided in the book, that's including the indexes, on both cards and, using Photoshop, I've copied another more extensive set onto computer files for cross-referencing and for extra symbol handling, so that's twice. I'm saying that I re-wrote by hand the symbols in the book twice. My index cards and computer files number in the low thousands. Throughout all of the exercises, I have failed to get one single exercise 100% correct, and that has been frustrating.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bruce D. Wilner on May 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed learning hieroglyphics with Dr. Jan. Do not be fooled: they are not for the faint of heart. For those who are affrighted at Chinese and Japanese, hieroglyphics go even further toward multiplexing umpteen systems atop a single character set. But Dr. Jan endeavors to make it easy by using lively examples, color-coding some of the solutions, etc. If you have a strong memory and strong impetus, go for it. You will have a lot of fun and feel a tremendous sense of achievement.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maria Luisa Vilas Agraso on March 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I think it is a very good book above all for beginners. If you are interested of learning about hieroglyphs and you know nothing at all about them this book is a good way to start learning. It is clear, interesting and funny indeed.
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By Luke on January 10, 2014
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it looks very interesting, and at the same time easy to use, guiding you hand-in-hand with a friendly approach to the discover of ancient Egyptian writing.
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