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The Egyptians - Hieroglyphs

The Egyptians - Hieroglyphs

The Egyptians wrote in hieroglyphs using symbols for both numbers and words

Different symbols were used for the most commonly used words. For names and words without symbols they used the symbols below.

Hieroglyphic writing could be written in rows or columns.

They could be written from left to right or from right to left. If written from left to right the animals would be facing left and if written from right to left the animals would be facing right. Writing in columns was generally written from top to bottom.

abc, kd
e, yf, vgh
ijlm
nopq
rstu, w
x, zchshth

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