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Ancient Egyptian scripts

Champollion & Egyptian Hieroglyphic Writing

❶There were slightly later examples of this cursive script from the reign of kings Aha and Den, both of the first Dynasty, but it was the 4th Dynasty that there are substantial records written in hieratic. Besides a phonetic interpretation, characters can also be read for their meaning:

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Egyptian Hieroglyphic Writing

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Ancient Egyptian writing is known as hieroglyphics ('sacred carvings') and developed at some point prior to the Early Dynastic Period (c. BCE). According to some scholars, the concept of the written word was first developed in Mesopotamia and came to Egypt through trade.

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Writing. The ancient Egyptians believed that it was important to record and communicate information about religion and government. Thus, they invented written scripts that could be used to record this information. The most famous of all ancient Egyptian scripts is hieroglyphic.

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Possibly pre-dates Sumerian Cuneiform writing - if this is true, the Ancient Egyptian script is the oldest known writing system. Another possibility is that the two scripts developed at more or less the same time. The Egyptian Hieroglyphs is among the old writing system in the world. Unlike its contemporary cuneiform Sumerian, Egyptian Hieroglyph's origin is much more obscure. There is no identifiable precursor.

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The Egyptian hieroglyphic writing system is believed to date back to BC. Egyptians used hieroglyphs for the next 3, years and it was suggested by archaeological discoveries that the Egyptian hieroglyphs may be the oldest writing form. However, gaining some understanding of the hieroglyphic writing system can be fun as well as instructive. With a bit of study it is possible to quickly gain enough knowledge to recognise the names of pharaohs – useful if you are planning a trip to Egypt.