The Hieroglyphs of Ancient Egypt

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The Hieroglyphs of Ancient Egypt is part of a new genre of books focussed on Egyptian hieroglyphs. The book is a primer on hieroglyphs from the viewpoint of topical use within history, with example photographs or illustrations. The later chapters discuss the hieroglyphs and the history of their translation.

The book is authored by Aidan Dodson, Egyptologist; he also teaches in Egyptology at Bristol University.

Subject division of the book[edit]

The book is divided into six sections, following the Introduction:

  • Introduction
  • The Origins of Egyptian Language Beginnings
  • The Ancient Egyptian Language, The Tongue of the Pharaohs
  • Three Millennia of Writing, Lists, Stories, and Inscriptions
  • The Mystery of the Hieroglyphs, Hieroglyphs Eclipsed
  • Decipherment of the Hieroglyphs, The Key is Found
  • Dynasties and Chronologies

Focussed sections[edit]

Other sections or topics under the main chapters: (36 of 51 listed)

The book is fully illustrated[1] with topical photos, as well as some thumbnail photos for timelines. Some photos cover, ostracons, block statues, steles, papyri, obelisks, statuary, sarcophagi, etc. There are also graphics and illustrations.


  1. ^ Dodson, 2001. The Hieroglyphs of Ancient Egypt. 144 pp, 198 photos.
  • Dodson, 2001. The Hieroglyphs of Ancient Egypt, Aidan Dodson, c 2001, Barnes & Noble, 144 pp, 198 Illustrations, plus graphics, & picture acknowledgements. (hardcover, ISBN 0-7607-2664-7)