“Iversen was a Danish Egyptologist and in this book he’s looking at the history of the reception of Egyptian hieroglyphics in the West. He starts in Greece, and goes all the way through, up to the decipherment. The way he tells it, it’s almost a history of folly. So he’s got a particular slant, but he does give a nice catalogue of the people who were exposed to hieroglyphs and did something to them or with them in their own cultural context. What I love about this book is that it’s a nice index to the European encounter with ancient Egypt, of who all of the major players are on the stage, even if I don’t always agree with his view of what they were doing with these hieroglyphs.” Read more...
The best books on Hieroglyphics
Diane Greco Josefowicz,