Ancient Egypt and Hieroglyphic Writing

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  • Topic: Ancient Egypt, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Coptic language
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Heroglyphics is a form of writing pictures symbols reprsented and sounds. The word hieroglyphics comes from two greek words that mean sacred carving. Hieroglyphics usually refers to the writing of ancient Egypt. However, forms of picture writing were used in other ancient cultures as well such as the Hittites. Hieroglyphic writing was used by the ancient Egyptian people for more than 3,000 years. They used hieroglyphic writing primarily for religious inscriptions on temples and stone monuments. Also to record the words of god. The highly trained men who wrote or carved the inscriptians were calles scribes. Hieroglyphic symblos were a mystery until the early 1800's when a scholars deciphered the writing. The decelopment of hieroglyphic writing started out by the Egyptians borrowing the idea from Mesopotamia around 3,000 B.C. There are more than 6,000 symbols in the egyptian hieroglyphics. At first, hieroglyphics contained many pictographs or idelgrams. For example, Egyptians who wanted to express the idea of a woman drew a picture or a woman. Phonograms were also included in the earliest writings of the Egyptians. Phonograms represented the sounds of the language. Some represented only one sound. Others represented combinations of two or three sounds that formed syllables, but they only represented the sounds of consonants. The Egyptians did not write the vowels. Therefore, scholars remained unsure of how the acient Egyptian language was pronounced. Egyptian hieroglyphics included determinatives. They indicated the class of object to which the preceding hieroglyphics belonged. For the instance, the symbol for water placed after the name of a specific lake.hieroglyphics were one of the most important systems of writing in the acient world.
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