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Egyptian Hieroglyphics

Hieroglyphics was a way of writing formed by Ancient Egyptians during their development stages. Ancient Egyptians used pictures that stood for different letters. Hieroglyphs formed the basic writing system of Ancient Egypt, took shape around 3000 BC, and reached an accepted form as early as the First Dynasty. There were thousands of signs, described by the Egyptian as "divine words."
Writing texts are concerned with everything intended to be captured in writing for eternity, in particular religious texts, historical and political inscriptions, and biographies.

Hieroglyphs were carved or painted on the walls of temples and tombs, on burial equipment, on pieces of Egyptian jewelry, and on false doors.


 

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Egyptian Hieroglyphic writing symbols egyptian hieroglyphics

Each symbols in Egyptian Writing alphabet represented an actual thing that existed in ancient Egyptian life, plants, geometric figures, body parts, and birds. These signs could be used either to write the words they depicted, called ideograms, or to spell out the sounds of the words, called phonograms.
Scribes had to learn more than 700 signs representing ideas and objects; others representing sounds. Because the language was so complex, young scribes-almost always boys from wealthy or royal families-would attend school for years to become adept at writing and reading. And the training was rigorous. Boys as young as six or seven would practice writing on ostraca-flat stones or broken pieces of clay pottery or cartouche . Archaeologists have found many ostraca with texts of amusing animal tales or stern moral tracts that were dictated by the scribal teachers. Students also had to learn mathematics so that a number of high-level professions would be open to them: tax collector, treasurer, quartermaster or architect.

Rosetta stone

Rosetta stone The meaning of the Egyptian Symbols comes from the discovery of the a basalt rock inscribed with a message written in three languages: Egyptian Hieroglyphic, Egyptian Demotic and Greek. The Rosetta stone founded by Napoleonic soldiers in 1799
the stone is a compact slab of basalt with dimension of (114x72x28 cm) ,and found in July 1799 in the Egyptian village called Rosette (Raschid), located in the western delta of the Nile.

the stone is kept at the British Museum in London.

 

 

 


Related Books

  How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs   How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs   Egyptian Hieroglyphics : How to Read and Write Them  Egyptian Hieroglyphics : How to Read and Write Them   An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary  An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary
                 
  Egyptian Language  Egyptian Language   Hieroglyphics   Hieroglyphics   The Rosetta Stone  The Rosetta Stoneetta Stoneetta Stone
                 

Resources

  Egyptian hieroglyphics at Amazon Egyptian hieroglyphics books at Amazon
  Egyptian Hieroglyphics Resources related to Egyptian Writing
 

Hieroglyphics for kids

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  About.com : hieroglyphic Symbols Ancient writing Symbolsfrom About.com :
  Write Like an Egyptian Put in your first name and get a picture of what your name looks like in Ancient Egypt.
  Learning Egyptian Hieroglyphs Learning Egyptian Writing
     

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