Hieroglyphs of Ancient Egypt

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Hieroglyphs of Ancient Egypt

Hieroglyphs of Ancient EgyptGavin McGary

Egypt is a land well known for it's significant monumental structures and inconcevable culture that divides it among other nanations. In terms of age, the majority of Egypt's culture spans over 3000 years. No other country today could only trace their roots as far back into the past. Among these remnants, lies behind a lost art that is as interesting and mysterious as the people who explored it themselves. The pictograms below are inscribed and inlayed among the archetecture. They are known as Hieroglyphs.

Jean-Francois Champollion was familiar with dozens of languages by age 20 which. The knowlege of Coptic script had proven useful with the task presented ahead of him: Decipher the Egyptian script. Over a period of two years (1822-1824), he established a code for the text by comparing a similar language like Demotec. The Rosetta stone supported his research. It was a proclaimation of taxes copied and cross-referenced through different languages. Egyptian, Greek, and Hieratic were listed and the knowlege of Greek was necessary to understand the content from others because they all told the same story.

The Egyptian Hieroglyphics were originated from 4000 B.C. and are generally long lines of text because there is no way of shortenting their scripts. It's interesting to note that the pictures were percieved as "words of god" by the remanents of civilization. The priestly class created and etched the language into existance throughout their temples. However, the language is limited and unreliable for business so Hieratic was created as a shorthand form in economic and maketing decisions. Hieroglyphs are unique in manner where they can be read from right to left or left to right and has symbols above letters to modify them.

Citations:"Egyptian Hieroglyphic Writing." Discovering Ancient Egypt. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Oct. 2015. "Jean-François Champollion." - Main Great Historians. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Oct. 2015.

In AD 391, Emperor Theodosius of the Bazantine terminated all sacred temples in the empire which in turn brought about the end of this language. It was unearthed about 1500 years later after Jean-Francois Champollion's work and the discovery of the Rosetta stone that aided in the efforts to define an ancient language that follows over 5000 glyphs or "signs" in its alphabet alone. The video details heavy use of the pictographs and their cultural significance in tombs. They explore the idea of renewal and eternal life.


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