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Hieroglyphic writing. Example of hieroglyphic writing from ancient Egypt. Hieroglyphics is a system of pictorial writing invented in Egypt around 3000 BC. The symbols may represent the objects they depict but usually stand for a sound or group of sounds. Unlike English text, hieroglyphics are read from right to left. The word hieroglyph means sacred carving since hieroglyphic writing was often carved into the walls of temples or monuments. This example is a hymn of praise to the God Aten by the King Amenhotep IV (1375-1350 BC).
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