13 Amazing Facts About Egyptian Hieroglyphs

11. The Scribes

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The seated scribe (2620-2500BC), Louvre, Paris

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Or simply the “learned” who could read and write. They were employed in administration, land mapping, calculation, and similar jobs. They were highly revered in the society. Reading and writing was mandatory for those wanting to work as a bureaucrat, land and tax record keeping, managing stores, or documenting pharaoh court procedures. But contrary to popular belief, much of the documentation and record keeping were done on papyrus using hieratic, and not hieroglyphs.

12. Being eco-friendly in 3400BC

Egyptian hieroglyphs
Natural dye was used to write the glyphs

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Long before the world became aware about carbon emissions and green energy, the ink used to write the Egyptian Hieroglyphs was derived from the juices of plants and fruits. The sticky sap from a tree was mixed with the plant juice or crushed fruit to create the ink for writing the text. The mixture held firm for scribes to dip their papyrus reeds and scribble texts on the walls.

13. Men Only

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An ancient Egyptian king and queen on papyrus

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The only people allowed to writeEgyptian hieroglyphs were men. Though ancient Egypt took pride in gender equality, women were barred from writing. Boys, at the beginning of their training, were given a sharp piece of rock to practice writing on a slab of limestone. Having mastered the scribbling of symbols, they were given proper papyrus sheets to start writing formally.

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