Artist, Author, and Egyptologist
2015 PUBLISHED BOOKS:
I Dream I Am
Published November 2015 by Done Yesterday Press, is a children's book created for his wife Barbara and his five grandchildren. Available now on Amazon.com, and Ingram Spark for wholesalers, as paperback and hardcover. The Apple iBook version is available through iTunes Apple bookstores.
Ancient Egyptian Symbols: 50 New Discoveries
published by Done Yesterday Press, is now available on Amazon.com and for wholesalers through Ingram Spark's iPage. The Apple iBook version is available through iTunes Apple bookstores.
Part I: Ancient Egyptian Sacred Blue Waterlily
Part II: Ancient Egyptian Sacred White Waterlily
Part III: Mysterious Seth and the Eye of Horus
After two decades of work and many visits to Egypt and Europe to photograph and study ancient Egyptian symbols, Jonathan Meader and Barbara Demeter have just completed documenting their discoveries in book form. In it they identify the sources and meanings of more than 50 ancient Egyptian symbols, including 10 major crowns, god Seth and his mysterious head, and the Eye of Horus, perhaps ancient Egypt's most significant symbol. Many of these symbols are key to the understanding of ancient Egypt.
What people are saying:
"This truly remarkable publication challenges the world of Egyptology to reassess long-held and clearly incorrect theories about the origin and meaning of so many symbols and representational forms which are fundamental to our understanding of ancient Egypt."
• Author, Amulets of Ancient Egypt • 27 years at the British Museum's Egyptology department •
"Innovative and thought-provoking, with some important contributions to Egyptology."
James P. Allen
• President of the International Association of Egyptologists • formerly at the Metropolitan Museum, NY, 16 years •
“Remarkable discoveries about ancient Egyptian art and symbolism – discoveries that, once seen, are completely obvious. A revelatory work.”
Andrew Weil, MD
• Author and speaker with over 10 million books sold • founder of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine •
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-I lived in Lebanon from 1955–1957. My father, then in the CIA, had been an interrogator in Korea, so I stayed out of his way. I’d sneak off and rent motorcycles when I was 13, and explore the countryside around Beirut. Lebanon has many ancient ruins and I developed a life-long interest in ancient cultures. Next, we lived in Morocco for 2 years - an incredible experience.
In 1965 I drove a motorcycle from Paris to Morocco, visiting museums and interesting sites along the way. After returning to the US, I settled in Washington D.C. and in the late 60's my art career took off. My limited edition silk-screen prints, etchings, stone lithographs, and paintings, were sold in galleries around the country. In 1970 I drove 8000 miles touring Europe on another motorcycle.
With success came a 3-story row house overlooking D.C., which I bought in 1975 and spent 3 years having renovated. It had a huge sky-lit studio, sauna, shower for 4, and a third floor bathtub beside a 6 x 7 foot window that overlooked D.C.
My first wife, Kathleen, and her daughter Hope and I moved to northern California in 1985. The marriage didn’t last, but Hope and I adopted each other when she turned 21. I continued silk-screening until the chemicals poisoned me.
In 1990 I rented a room near Glastonbury, UK, spent a month visiting Megalithic and Neolithic sites and crop circle formations. I rented a plane and spotted some new crop circles. Then drove a camper from the Netherlands through Europe to Yugoslavia, where it expired. It was a bad time to be in Yugoslavia, but the American Embassy thankfully got me a plane ticket out.
In 1993 I went to Egypt for the first time and was hooked. Although I didn't realize it at the time, my life's direction had suddenly changed. Two years later I published a little book of pictures that one could point at to communicate – like hieroglyphs – The Wordless Travel Book.
Portrait of Jonathan Meader
by Gregory Kwarter 1975
BACKGROUND continued . . .
In 1997 my book In Praise of Women was published, with a foreword by Isabel Allende. The book is filled with photographs of sculptures of women , quotes and histories. Mother Teresa and I spoke several times and she gave me permission to quote her. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and spoke as if we were old friends, and invited us to visit her in Calcutta.
Barbara Demeter, a successful banking consultant, and I married in 1998. We both enjoy traveling: the Caribbean, Mexico, Bali, Europe, Greece, Turkey, and Egypt.
Barbara and I then devoted nearly 13 years to our book, Ancient Egyptian Symbols: 50 New Discoveries, traveling to Egypt and museums in Europe and the US to study and photograph ancient Egyptian symbols.
Barbara and I have 5 grandchildren: Cruise, Aryanna, Anika, Ione, and Jayson.