Presented by Lauren Kinlock
Types and forms of hieroglyphics
Egyptians wrote hieroglyphics from right to left, left to right, or top to bottom; unlike our way of reading and writing. Hieroglyphics were sorted into two groups- phonograms, and ideograms. "Egyptian glyphs are divided into two groups; phonograms which are glyphs that represent sounds, and ideograms, which are glyphs that represent objects or ideas," as found in www.history-world.org. Some hieroglyphics looked similar, but had complete different meanings. A drawing of an eye for example could mean two things; an eye or the letter "i."
Egyptians not only used hieroglyphics for writing, but they used it for art, because they thought it was beautiful to look at. "Priests used hieroglyphics to write down prayers, magical texts, and text relating to life after death, and worshiping gods," according to www.history-world.org. Egyptians also used hieroglyphics to write down their history. Hieroglyphics were also used on jewelry and other items as decoration. Also, Egyptians wrote a guide to the afterlife in hieroglyphics, called The Book of the Dead.
Other forms of writing
Egyptians created two other forms of writing; hieratic, and demotic. Hieratic was a form of hieroglyphics in cursive, and was less complicated. Scribes mostly used hieratic to write important documents or letters. Demotic "was an abbreviated script with signs that did not look like the corresponding hieroglyphics" said www.ancient-egypt-online.com. It was also said that writing in demotic was faster than writing in hieratic.
What have hieroglyphics taught us?
Sometimes, when the Egyptians wrote in hieroglyphics, they were writing down their history;"the use of hieroglyphs as a form of communication, record keeping, and as a means for preserving and passing down history," as found at www-tc.pbs.org. If they wouldn't of wrote in hieroglyphics, or didn't write at all, their history would be lost forever. Egyptians were the first people to write medical books. So, without their books, we might have taken a while longer to discover things about our human bodies. As you can see, Egyptian hieroglyphics has had many affects on us today.