Use of, and history of Hieroglyphics

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Ancient Egyptians came up with their own way to express their feelings, keep records of history, and communicate, this invention was known as Hieroglyphics. Here is a little history on hieroglyphics. The word hieroglyphics comes from the two Greek words: hieros, meaning scared and glyphe which means, carving. Hieroglyphics were divided into three different forms old Egyptian being the original form of hieroglyphics old Egyptian gave each symbol their own word, Middle Egyptian coming about 100 years after the original invention Middle Egyptian made each symbol represent their own sound, and finally New Egyptian which connected all the different symbols creating the earliest form of cursive around.

Hieroglyphics used to be a series of symbols invented in 3,300 B.C. each representing their own person, place, object, or important event in time. But all that changed soon after in 3,200 B.C. by a new farrow that believed that it would be easer to write if each hieroglyphics represented their own sound instead of words.

Before there had been over 16,000 symbols but after he changed them the number greatly decreased.

The Rosette stone was found in July of 1799 in a small Egyptian village known as Rosette. Rosette was located in a western region of the Nile. The

Rosette stone is a stone with two different forms of writing on it Hieroglyphics, and Greek. . The reason for this is Hieroglyphics were used in Egypt for most important religious writing, and or recording, and Greek was used because that was the language of all the present rulers of Egypt at the time. So writing it in two languages made it easy for Priests, Pharaohs, and rulers of Egypt all to read it. The rosette stone was said to have been written in 196 B.C.

The Rosette stone was written...