Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics | 3000 BC to 396 AD

28 February, 2011

Examples of Egyptian Hieroglyphs:

Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs in a tomb:

Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs in a temple:

Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs on Papyrus:


1. What is a scribe?

A scribe is one who records, reads, and writes hieroglyphics.

2. What is Demotic script and when/how was it used?

Demotic script followed the Ancient Hieroglyphs and preceded  Coptic in the northern part of Egypt, nearing the Delta. Hieratic (the other term; differs from Hieroglyphics) was used from 650 BC until 5th Century AD. It developed in lower Egypt around 650 BC.

3. How did Egyptian scribes impress hieroglyphics into the walls of tombs and temples?

Hieroglyphs were impressed in the wet clay using flint, and other materials made from various objects and foods.

4. How did Egyptian scribes write onto papyrus?

Creating a brush from the reeds, the Egyptians dipped the tips in either red ink or black ink (bee’s wax, ocher with gelatin, soot, carbon, flint), they would paint onto the papyrus.

5. Why was the Rosetta Stone an important discovery?

With the Rosetta Stone, Egyptologists were able to decipher the ancient hieroglyphics written on the tablet from Greek and Domestic hieroglyphs.


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