In ancient Egypt, words had magical power. Inscribed on tombs and temple walls, coffins and statues, or inked onto papyri, hieroglyphs give us a unique insight into the life of the Egyptian mind.
Toby Wilkinson is a Fellow of Clare College, University of Cambridge. He has written a number of major books on Ancient Egypt, most recently The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt (Bloomsbury, UK; Random House, US)which won the Hessell-Tiltman prize. He has excavated at the Egyptian sites of Buto and Memphis.
Until now few people beyond specialists have been able to read the
texts, many of them inaccessible within tombs ... hieroglyphs were
pictures but they conveyed concepts in as sophisticated a manner as
Greek or Latin script, [Toby Wilkinson] said. Filled with metaphor
and symbolism, they reveal life through the eyes of the ancient
Egyptians. Tales of shipwreck and wonder, first-hand descriptions
of battles and natural disasters, songs and satires make up the
anthology. -- Dalya Alberge * The Guardian *
This book offers a taste of the vast body of ancient Egyptian literature. In addition to glamorous accounts of war and royalty, it's packed with extraordinarily personal tales of life and the social anxieties of the time. -- Caitlin Hu * Quartz *