Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners

Bill Manley


This is the first guide to reading hieroglyphs that begins with Egyptian monuments themselves. Assuming no knowledge on the part of the reader, it shows how to interpret the information on the inscriptions in a step-by-step journey through the script and language of ancient Egypt.

We enter the world of the ancient Egyptians and explore their views on life and death, Egypt and the outside world, humanity and the divine. The book draws on texts found on some thirty artifacts ranging from coffins to stelae to obelisks found in museums in Egypt, America, and Europe, and selected across two thousand years. The texts are then explained clearly, and are supported by full translations, photographs, and line drawings.


A welcome addition to introductory books on hieroglyphs…

— Choice

An original and accessible approach to learning hieroglyphs, written by an experienced teacher and author.

— The Guardian


Bill Manley


Bill Manley teaches Egyptology and Coptic at the University of Glasgow Centre for Open Studies and has published numerous books on ancient Egypt including The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt, How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs with Mark Collier, and Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners.