Egyptian hieroglyphs were the writing system of Ancient Egypt. The writing system has captured the interest of scholars, governments, and the public for many years. Egyptologist, and Honorary President, Egyptology Scotland, Dr Bill Manley, joins the show to share more about this ancient writing system.
Some topics explored
- When and why the use of Egyptian hieroglyphs ceased
- When and why the Coptic language became prevalent in Egypt
- The Rosetta Stone discovery, and its contribution to Egyptology and Philology
- A basic primer on deciphering Egyptian Hieroglyphs
Listen to the episode
- Dr Manley has authored several books on Egyptology including Egyptian Art, World of Art series (Thames and Hudson) and How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs (British Museum)
About Dr Manley
Dr Bill Manley, Honorary President of Egyptology Scotland, is an Egyptologist, university lecturer, museum curator and best-selling author. Best known for devising popular forms of access to the study of Ancient Egypt, Bill’s books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. For many years he has taught Egyptology and Coptic at the University of Glasgow, while his publications include standard textbooks for adult learners and university students, such as The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt (1996), How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs (1998, with Mark Collier), Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners (2012) and Egyptian Art (2017). His next book, due in 2021, is about ancient philosophy. He has also worked with archaeological surveys in Egypt and Palestine, was a Senior Curator at National Museums Scotland from 2005-2010, is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, and teaches Egyptology occasionally at Complutense University, Madrid. Bill’s specialist output has included museum exhibitions, and contributions to scholarly publications and encyclopaedias on Ancient Egyptian and Coptic texts, the history of Egyptology, the archaeology of Palestine, and the world’s earliest philosophy.