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The new standard for teaching and learning Middle Egyptian,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs (Taschenbuch)
Finally, here is a book to replace Gardiner's Grammar as a teaching resource. Dr. Allen presents the current grammatical theories on Egyptian grammar in a logical fashion. His explanations are easy to follow, and he not only includes exercises, but also the answers at the back, a dictionary, and the all-important sign-list. Each chapter features an essay on one facet of the culture of Ancient Egypt which sets the language in context. The importance of this should not be underestimated, for attempting to read another culture's literature, without having a background in their religion, politics, and general world-view is generally futile.
This is however for the serious student of Egyptian, which is not an easy language to learn, particularly on one's own. There are other works available for those who just wish to be able to recognize common expressions on monuments while visiting Egypt. But this will quite likely prove to be the new standard in teaching and learning Middle Egyptian for the specialist and non-specialist alike. The tone is friendly and inviting, and will hopefully introduce many new readers to the wealth of Egyptian texts.