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p. 724. Writing: the origins and implications of hieroglyphslocked

  • Ian Shaw


Egyptian hieroglyphs are made up of ideograms and phonetic signs. The connection between writing and art was much stronger in pharaonic Egypt than in many other cultures. There is a third type of hieroglyph, which is called the ‘determinative’ which determines the meaning of the whole word. ‘Writing: the origins and implications of hieroglyphs’ examines the origins of the Egyptian writing system of hieroglyphs and how this system of communication has been analysed by scholars. When did the hieroglyphic system first begin? When did it develop phonetics and grammar? Did the system come about for practical bureaucratic needs or was it used for more ritualistic and ceremonial purposes?

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