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HIEROGLYPHICS HIEROGLYPHS are pictures that were used to write the ancient Egyptian language In the beginning hieroglyphic signs were used to keep records of the kings possessions Scribes could easily make these records by drawing a picture of a cow or a boat followed by a number But as the language became more complex more pictures were needed Eventually the language consisted of more then 750 individual signs AS in other languages words in Egyptian were made up of sounds partly of consonants and partly of vowels But the writing of hieroglyphs constantly ignored and omitted vowels Thus the two signs which represent mt could be read as met mat amta emt or any other combinations of vowels and mt Since the ancient language has never been heard we are not sure how this word would be pronounced In order to avoid this we need a method of writing and pronouncing these glyphs consistently The course usually adopted is to use the English vowel e and in a some cases a between the two glyphs So we can pronounce as met THE pronunciation of a word is the crucial element in using hieroglyphics how a word sounds is more important then how it is spelled For instance the word that is spelled cat is actually pronounced kat The name that is spelled Cleopatra is pronounced Kliopadra So these word would be written in hieroglyphs the way they sound Because the words where and wear sound alike they could be written using the same hieroglyphic signs The same could be said of the words there and their HIEROGLYPHS are more then just a way of writing they are also pictures and as such they are meant to be estheticly pleasing The picture signs can be written from right to left from left to right or vertically reading downwards To determine which way to read a line of hieroglyphs look for pictures
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