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Egyptian Hieroglyphics
The Egyptian Language is one of the oldest in the world.  However, it was relatively recently when scholars could finally understand the messages in the glyphs.  The translation was a tedious and difficult task that bested many a linguist.   The language was originally composed of ideograms, or pictograms that expressed a single thought or item.  These changed, over many centuries, into a syllabic and finally a semi phonetic system.  The systems are blended into each other.  For example, there may be a sentence that contains all three forms of the glyphs.

These Syllabic Symbols contain more than one sound per symbol.  Some of these also have symbolic value as well.  These are both ideographs and pictographs that have a syllabic nature.  Often these are pictures of real things which are pronounced as the chart displays. For example, the Ankh stands for eternal life and is pronounced "Ankh".  The Ka is a part of the egyptian soul, as well as the Ba.  They also are pronounced the same way.    These are both symbolic and syllabic!  Whheew!


The Pictographs below are examples of Egyptian writing at its most primitive.  These show a single item and were probably the first types of symbols to be used in the Nile Valley.




More Cool Egyptian Writing Links:

Have your name written in Hieroglyphics:
 http://weblifac.ens-cachan.fr/Portraits/S.ROSMORDUC/nomhiero.html

Good source for more detail on hieroglyphics:
 http://eyelid.ukonline.co.uk/ancient/hiromenu.htm

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