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p. 172. Hieroglyphic script and Egyptian languagelocked

p. 172. Hieroglyphic script and Egyptian languagelocked

  • Penelope Wilson


The rise of a unified state in Egypt may have prompted the development of a writing system to makes records for the benefit of royalty. From the very beginning there was a difference between the hieroglyphic script and the more cursive and linear hieratic scripts used in everyday life. ‘Hieroglyphic script and Egyptian language’ looks at the differences between hieroglyphs and everyday language in Ancient Egypt and explores what this difference signified, the function of the hieroglyphs, and who they were created for. The Egyptian word for their pictorial language was ‘medu-netjer’ which means ‘words of god’, so that was perhaps the primary purpose of the script: for Egyptians to communicate with god.

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