Egypt hieroglyphs







In Egypt, the earliest examples of writing dates from 3.400 BC. On one gate post of a Philae temple are inscriptions in Egyptian hieroglyphs from 396 AD. The hieratic script was used for the everyday writing, and the hieroglyphic script was used in principal for inscriptions on the tombs and temples walls. In some of these inscriptions the glyphs are in full color and very detailed and in others, the glyphs are simple outlines. The hieroglyphic script knowledge was lost at the ending of the 4th century AD, after all of the pagan temples were closed from the order of the Emperor Theodsius I. This lasted till the 19th century when Jean-Francois Champollion deciphered the script. In the writing of the ancient Egypt were used more than 2.000 hieroglyphic characters. The common objects of the ancient Egypt are represented by the hieroglyphs. The sound made by an object could be represented by a hieroglyph as well as the ideas that are in connection with the object. According to the ancient Egyptians` believes the god Thoth was the one who invented the writing. More, the hieroglyphic script was called the words of god. Clement of Alexandria is the one who used for the first time the word hieroglyph; the word comes from the Greek word hieros – meaning sacred- plus the word glypho – meaning inscriptions. If the Egypt hieroglyphs are dating before the Sumerian Cuneiform writing than they are the oldest writing system that is known. But it is also possible for the two writing systems to have appeared in the same time. The direction of the hieroglyphs varied from horizontal lines running from right to left or from left to right, to vertical columns that runs from top to bottom. The artistic considerations were the base of the glyphs’ arrangements.



Egypt Hieroglyphs




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