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Egyptian Hieroglyphics

Egyptian Hieroglyphics

The word hieroglyph is a composite of two Greek words: hieros (sacred) plus glypho (inscriptions) and refers to Egyptian writing. The Egyptians themselves called their writing "mdwt ntr" (god's words). They believed that writing had been developed by the god Thoth and was therefore sacred.




These sites have a good overview of Egyptian hieroglyphics. You can even learn to write in Egyptian:

  • - write your name in hieroglyphics
  • - the Egyptian system of hiereoglyphs explained
  • - pronunciation of ancient Egyptian

  • Texts and Resources Dealing With Egyptian Culture and Civilization


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