This is number 5 in the series of Learn Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs. Each eBook in the series can be studied independently of the other. But for a better understanding of the hieroglyphs each title in the series teaches you a different aspect that will enhance your comprehension of the hieroglyphs.
THE HIEROGLYPH SIGN LIST
For ease of identification, Sir Alan Gardiner created a classification system for hundreds of the more common hieroglyphs. He listed them into easily identifiable groups and his system has become the standard classification system used by Hieroglyph scholars today. To reiterate he only listed the more common hieroglyphs but we have refined his system and added hundreds of their variations for a total of over 2000 hieroglyphs!
To immerse yourself in the Grammatical aspects of the hieroglyphs and also to see Gardiner's original sign list I recommend Gardiner's excellent "Egyptian Grammar" 3rd Edition which can be viewed by clicking here.
The meanings of the hieroglyphs have been derived by Egyptologists over the decades from studying their use on the various Papyri, coffin texts, inscriptions on monuments and tombs, etc..
Each hieroglyph will be listed by Category:
with its description; its use as an ideogram and/or determinative and/or phonetics; and its possible variations.
- A. Man and his occupations
- B. Women and her occupations
- etc; etc; through to Aa
For example, if you see a hieroglyph of a lotus flower you would refer to category "M. Plants and Trees", find the hieroglyph and learn its meaning.