What do the enigmatic images on ancient Egyptian artifacts mean? What royal names adorn the walls of some of the world’s oldest temples? What kind of lives did the people buried in the ancient tombs lead? The keys to unlock this fascinating civilization lie within the glyphs of its sacred language. Appearing a little before 3,000 BC, Egyptian hieroglyphs were used for thousands of years to write names, label commodities, commemorate historical events, and convey complex stories. This definitive educational tool provides a systematic, step-by-step approach to learning ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, complete with fun and increasingly challenging exercises and easy-to-reference sign and word lists. By the end of chapter one, readers will begin to decipher simple inscriptions; after completing the entire book, they will be ready to tackle tomb and temple walls. While learning to decipher the language of the ancient Egyptians, readers will also learn about their history, social structure, and funerary beliefs. An invaluable resource, this book will appeal to amateur Egyptologists, as well as those looking to enhance their museum-going and travel experiences.
Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs
A Practical Guide
Illustrations byGustavo Camps
80 illus. incl. 37 in color
For sale only in the Middle East
Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian Counter-Reformation
Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian Counter-ReformationAidan Dodson
This new study, drawing on the latest research, tells the story of the decline and fall of the pharaoh Akhenaten’s religious revolution in the fourteenth century bc. Beginning at the regime’s high-point in his Year 12, it traces the subsequent collapse that saw the deaths of many of the king’s loved ones, his attempts to guarantee the revolution through co-rulers, and the last frenzied assault on the god Amun. The book then outlines the events of the subsequent five decades that saw the extinction of the royal line, an attempt to place a foreigner on Egypt’s throne, and the accession of three army officers in turn. Among its conclusions are that the mother of Tutankhamun was none other than Nefertiti, and that the queen was joint-pharaoh in turn with both her husband Akhenaten and her son. As such, she was herself instrumental in beginning the return to orthodoxy, undoing her erstwhile husband’s life-work before her own mysterious disappearance....read more
15 November 2009
Annales du Service des Antiquités de l’Egypte
Supreme Council of Antiquities
Vol. 75Supreme Council of Antiquities
For centuries, Egyptian civilization and its antiquities have inspired passionate interest. Archaeologists, engineers, astronomers, poets, painters, people of different cultures, and travelers have been riveted by Egypt’s ancient monuments. How much do we really know about these awe-inspiring wonders of the ancient world? This publication provides an up-to-date account of archaeology in the land of the pharaohs, including new discoveries and recent studies. This authoritative volume remains the definitive source for the findings of the various archaeological excavations undertaken in Egypt. For more than a hundred years, the Annales du Service has been studied by Egyptologists, students, and laypersons alike. Published under the auspices of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, its contributors include some of the most well-known Egyptologists in the world covering a broad range of archaeological disciplines and spectrums....read more
31 March 2013
241 b/w illus.
Ancient Egyptian Art
A Visual Encyclopedia
A Visual EncyclopediaAlice Cartocci
From the earliest clay figures and ivory combs of Predynastic times, through the masterful statuary of the Old Kingdom and the exquisite tomb paintings of the New Kingdom, to the astonishingly modern painted portraits of the Greco-Roman era, the artistic achievements of Egypt span over four thousand years. In this unique new visual reference work, the finest examples of Egyptian art from museum collections around the world are illustrated to advantage in more than 360 beautiful full-color photographs. Not only a feast for the eyes, this book is informative too, with introductions to each historical period, graphic summaries of Egyptian history and great archaeological discoveries, and a chronology and glossary. This celebration and pageant of ancient Egyptian creative expression deserves a place on the shelves of Egyptologists and art lovers alike....read more
1 March 2010
360 color illus.
Atlas of Ancient Egypt
John Baines Jaromir Malek
Revised EditionJohn Baines
Since it was first published in 1980, this book has become recognized as a classic work and has yet to be replaced as the best and most comprehensive introduction there is to the civilization of ancient Egypt. The authors, two distinguished Egyptologists, have comprehensively revised and updated the text for this new edition. Every map has been redigitized, new photographs have been added, and there is a completely new bibliography, enhancing the book’s value as an indispensable reference work for scholars. Far more than an atlas in the traditional sense of the word, the many detailed maps, informative text, and numerous color photographs, drawings, and plans illuminate every aspect of ancient Egypt. The book is divided into three parts. The first establishes the cultural setting of ancient Egypt, with chapters on its geography, archaeology, history, art, and architecture. The central section of the book takes the reader on a journey down the Nile, calling at some 90 sites where significant discoveries have been made or spectacular monuments stand. From the rock-cut tombs of Aswan to the pyramids at Giza, from the treasures of Tutankhamun to the shifting sands of the Delta, the reader is transported effortlessly by means of maps, photographs, site plans, and descriptive accounts of the visible remains. A further journey takes the intrepid traveler into Nubia and to the temples of Abu Simbel, rescued from the waters of Lake Nasser. The third part considers important aspects of Egyptian society and daily life. Throughout the book, special features look more closely at selected themes such as the construction of the pyramids, hieroglyphic writing, Egyptian gods, and the influence of Egypt on Western art. There is a helpful checklist of museums with Egyptian collections. Other important reference features include a chronological table, list of kings and dynasties, glossary, bibliography, gazetteer, and index....read more
36 maps, 380 color, 150 b/w illus.