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The writing on the wall at Saqqara is plain to see

According to the distinguished Egyptologist Susan Brind Morrow, the famous pyramid texts are more poetic — if simpler — than previously thought

6 February 2016

9:00 AM

6 February 2016

9:00 AM

The Silver Eye: Unlocking the Pyramid Texts Susan Brind Morrow

Head of Zeus, pp.290, £20, ISBN: 9781784972387

When the Saqqara pyramids were opened in 1880, the chamber walls were found to be covered in hieroglyphic writings, and these texts have been a subject of discussion among Egyptologists ever since. What do they mean? What do they represent? What do they tell us about the religion or the cosmology or the worldview of a culture that can sometimes seem incomprehensibly far from our own?

Taking issue with the scholars that have come before her, Susan Brind Morrow uses this fascinating, challenging book to demonstrate her view that the message on the walls is poetic, timelessly meaningful and sophisticated.

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