Created by: Maya Baker
How were Hieroglyphics written?
The different types and forms of Hieroglyphics are Phonograms, Ideograms, and Determitatives. Hieroglyphics were written from left to right or up and down and used glyphs, or Egyptian symbols. Phonograms, according to history-world.org, are "Glyphs that represent sound," and Ideograms are "Glyphs that represent objects or ideas." A Determitive was a glyph that helped people understand the meaning of words and would mark where a word ended. According to http://history-world.org and http://www.ancient-egypt-online.com those were the different types of Hieroglyphics and how they were written.
How were they used?
The Egyptians used Hieroglyphics mainly to write religious texts, but they could also be used to write things such as royal documents, or be used to decorate jewelry. Hieroglyphics were used to write religious texts because Hieroglyphics translates to the "language of the gods." The Egyptians used them to write other things as well because according to histort-world.com "Civil officials used them to write royal documents of long term importance, to record historical events, and to document calculations, such as the depth of the Nile River on a specific day of the year." Lastly, They used it to decorate jewelry. I know this because they carved Hieroglyphics into pieces of wood or stone. According to http://www.ancient-egypt-online.com that was how the Egyptians used Hieroglyphics.
Were there other forms of writing?
The other forms of writing that the Egyptians created were Demotic and Hieratic. According to http://www.ancient-egypt-online.com Demotic "Was an abbreviated script with signs that did not look like the corresponding hieroglyphs. Writing with demotic was even faster than writing with hieratic." Hieteratic was a quicker, easier to write version of Hieroglyphics. According to http://www.ancient-egypt-online.com/ those were the two other forms of writing that were created by the Egyptians.
Does this form of writing affect us today?
This form of writing affects us today because if the Egyptians didn't have a writing system, then we may not know as much about them. I know this because on ancientegypt.co.uk, it says "The government of Egypt kept records about the country," without these records we wouldn't know that much about ancient Egypt and ,therefore we wouldn't know how Egypt evolved and we couldn't improve our daily life by knowing what they did. Lets take some of their medicines for example. If they hadn't written them down, then how would we know how to recreate and improve them today? We may not even have some forms of mathematics if it wasn't for Hieroglyphics. That is why according to http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/ Hieroglyphics still affect us today.