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The First Writers: Egyptian Hieroglyphics

We talked about how Egyptian hieroglyphics started out as pictographs. Together we wrote a small "story" and "translated" it into as many hieroglyphic pictographs as we could. "I rode a bull. I got lost. (There were) pyramids all around. The bull fell into a pyramid. Enemies attacked me." We couldn't find pictographs for rode or got lost (although I am sure the Egyptians had pictographs for those words.) Later this week we will talk about how, as the vocabulary became too complex or numerous for the language, hieroglyphs began to also represent letters. We will turn the words in our story we could not find glyphs for into hieroglyphs for the English letters.


If you are studying the Ancient Egyptians, The Golden Goblet is a great book to read.

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