HIEROGLYPHS: The Writing of Ancient Egypt by Norma Jean with Barbara Mintz Katan

HIEROGLYPHS: The Writing of Ancient Egypt

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A smattering of background on the role of the scribe and the magical power of the word in Egyptian society; a note on the Rosetta stone breakthrough; a number of photos of inscribed objects; and a listing of the 24 phonograms, plus ideograms, determinatives, and common symbols and combinations used with them, and rules for reading and writing numbers: As intended, it's just a beginning, unimposingly set forth and usable for classroom projects of the I-can-write-in-hieroglyphs variety. It's not very clear or enlightening on the hieroglyphic alphabet's evolution or its place in the history of ours.

Pub Date: April 17th, 1981
Publisher: Atheneum