-
x

Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Friends ff8c072dd79a91c1300f032d674241a8d64367100ffb1f25fa3f9bec4a05319f
Kidzworld Logo

Egypt - Hieroglyphics: First Alphabet

What Are Hieroglyphics?

English has 26 characters (called letters) that are made up into words and then into sentences. Ancient Egyptians had more than 2,000 characters, which they called hieroglyphics. Each hieroglyphic is a common object - a reed, an eagle, a basket, water, etc. that represents a letter of their alphabet. Hieroglyphics were the earliest form of writing in Egypt and were basically only used in formal settings. Hieratic was the script used for day-to-day writing.

How Do You Write With Hieroglyphics?

Hieroglyphics were written in rows or columns without spaces and can be read from left to right or from right to left. The symbols (human and animals) always face towards the beginning of the line so you know which direction to start reading. Besides changing direction, hieroglyphics rarely used vowels, although they were spoken. In English, words are often abbreviated by leaving out the vowels - bldg = building, ltd = limited and cm = centimeter. The only time hieroglyphics use vowels is when a word begins with one or if it might be confusing without them.

Where Were Hieroglyphics Used?

You can see hieroglyphics on ancient tombs, pyramid walls, pottery and ceramics. Scribes also used hieroglyphics on papyrus to record the history of Egypt. Hieroglyphics were extremely hard to learn. Only scribes learned to write them and they trained for years, starting school when they were boys. Girls were not allowed to go to school so they couldn't become scribes. Scribes were special royal servants. They didn't have to go into the military or pay taxes. They were also well-respected and had their pictures painted on the walls of houses and monuments.

The Rosetta Stone

Hieroglyphics were a mystery until the Rosetta Stone was uncovered. The three foot tall and two foot wide stone was discovered near the Rosetta mouth of the Nile in 1799. Three different types of script are written on the stone: hieroglyphics, Egyptian Demontic and Greek. It took many years for the stone to be properly deciphered with several linguist scholars working on the task including French-born Sylvestre de Sacy, Englishman Thomas Young and French scholar, Jean Francios Champollion. It was Champollion that finally pieced everything together in 1822. When the British defeated the French in the Battle of the Nile, they claimed the Rosetta Stone and sent it to the British Museum where it still remains to this day.

Related Stories:
63 Comments

Related Stories

Egyptians came up with the first method of making paper. They used the stem from a water plant, c...
Micro famous pharaohs micro
Egypt has a 3000 year-old history. That's a long list of pharaohs. Read about some of the more in...
Mummies have been found all over the world but Ancient Egyptians' bodies have been preserved the ...
F1141930076953

Have You Ever Seen the Rosetta Stone?

  • Yes, I've been to the British Museum to see it.
  • I've only seen pictures.
  • No, who cares about an old piece of rock?
  • No, but I'd really like to see it some day.

General In The Forums

Lemony
Lemony posted in Random:
Read or beg someone to give me company.
reply 40 minutes
Hoellu
Hoellu posted in Electronics:
"naruto200" wrote:I tried making a 3D demo of a game that never will get released. So that way I feal like I finished the project and so I can get the  experience I need for making a full game.Omg. Then I have to tell you something.OoOI've only used scraft from rastberry pi. It's like a Junior program which teach you the basic.I'm going to use Unity. But not alone, I need my squad. Every one do every thing. 
reply about 5 hours
Nandez
Nandez posted in Debating:
I don't support him at all but my concern is if he is removed then we have to deal with Mike Pence who could be a lot worse. His political ideals would have a bigger impact on the US if he took power rather than leaving it for trump to deal with. Becides if we're smart since trump does not have political expirence we can shy him away from the bad stuff if we make it convincing enough for him to change his mind 
reply about 7 hours
XxRuby_PhoenixxX
Today, several states had thousands of women joining together to fight against Trump. Celebrities like Madonna, Ariana Grande, and Miley Cirus showed up, some gave speeches, women shouted and raised their signs. Will Trump budge? What do you think? Should women be able to have abortion? Should Trump cut funds of women?
reply about 13 hours
AnnaOfExquizurd
"Synyster3" wrote:I have used both the Steam and standalone version of GameMaker. This could just be me being biased against Steam, but I recommend the standalone version. I think it loads faster, compiles faster, and is just overall smoother... The only thing that the Steam version has that this one does not is access to the 'workshop,' in which you can easily share and play other people's games. Ah, cool! X3 I'll pass on your advice to my friend so someone may benefit from it, as I don't use the application anymore. Thanks ^-^
reply about 13 hours