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Yes. This is, to my mind, one of the most original pieces of scholarship on Ancient Egypt published in the last 50 years – and there is a particular connection to me, because the author, Barry Kemp, was my lecturer at university. He also supervised my doctoral thesis, so I know him very well. But that is not the reason I chose the book! The CDO aims to make it easy to look up Coptic words in all dialects and to supply freely accessible translations in English, French and German. Intended for students and researchers using Special Collections, particularly those held in the Weston Library.

This fascinating book traces the origins and significance of each sign, as well as its graphic stylization, in presenting and explaining almost 600 of the figures employed in Egypt’s “sacred writing” classic phase. An opening essay explains the origins and structural features of the hieroglyphic system, emphasizing the sacred, evocative, and even magical power of the form, which unlike our own abstract alphabet is immediate and descriptive. Dr. Mario Bettro is an Egyptologist and Professor at the University of Pisa, Italy, who has written many books on hieroglyphic and demotic scripts. Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt by Jan Assmann

Ancient Egypt is one of those subjects that lends itself to large-format books, and has done so for the last 200 years. This is one of the best. It has fantastic illustrations of sculpture, paintings, architecture and jewellery from the first great flowering of Ancient Egypt in the pyramid age. If you are going to have one book that really brings you face to face with some of the most glorious products of Ancient Egyptian civilisation, this is it. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account.

Ancient World Digital Library is an initiative of the Institute for the Study of theAncient World and aims at providing access to a broad range of scholarly materials relevant to the study of the ancient world. Expanding the collection, AWDL is actively soliciting partnerships with publishers, scholarlysocieties, organizations and individuals who hold therights to scholarly content.. This isa portal to the Metropolitan Museum's comprehensive publishing programme with over 1,500 titles, including books, online publications, and Bulletins and Journals from the last five decades.Forming part of the highly successful Ologies series of illustrated fantasy books presented in a fictional encyclopaedic format, this is an excellent introduction to this period in history that is guaranteed to get children excited about learning.

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