The Egyptians began to form a photographic written language about 5000 years ago, which they continued to use for more than 3500 years, until about 400 AD. Eventually, the pictures they used to represent words came to represent sounds (Egyptian Communication). These symbols, hieroglyphs, or “sacred inscriptions” were adapted for use in everyday life, in addition to their important religious/mystical identity.Ancient-Egyptian-Communication

Some hieroglyphics are really complicated and take a long time to draw. The word paper comes from papyrus, a tall reed has grown by the Nile River. Egyptians used the papyrus to make paper for written communication. Ancient Egyptians used symbols to tell about something so that it would be easily recognized right away. Some of the symbols were Knot of Isis(Symbol of Fertility), Ankh(Symbol of Life), Crook and Flail(Symbol of Authority), etc.

The development of written Ancient Egyptian Communication shaped to become one of the greatest empires of its time. They invented writing, measuring and just like the Aztecs calendar. It did affect their culture. Hieroglyphic writing which was the ancient Egyptian way of writing pictures like a duck, 3 lines meaning a river, etc. With the knowledge, they had they really upgraded their standard of living.

Hieroglyphs In Written Egyptian Communication


Hieroglyphs were used for most of the surviving forms of written communication during the Old and Middle Egyptian eras, at least for official documents; hieratic was already being used for day-to-day administrative needs during the Old Kingdom.


Religious texts during the Demotic era were also typically written in hieroglyphs when they were inscribed on temple walls and stelae; hieratic was used for religious documents on papyrus. (Administrative works were of course written in Demotic.) The last datable hieroglyphic text was written in 394 AD.

While the shapes of the hieroglyphs are indeed taken from real (or imaginary) objects, most of them are used for their phonetic value. Take, e.g., the hieroglyph representing a house. It can be used to write the word pr (vowels unknown) which means ‘house’.


The ancient Egyptians used hieroglyphs for more than 3500 years (until 400 C.E.). Afterwards, they used the Greek alphabet with some extra letters added to represent Egyptian sounds. This form of writing was called Coptic.

Coptic was eventually replaced by Arabic, which is spoken in Egypt today. The ancient Egyptian language died out and was forgotten. The last hieroglyphic text was written 1600 years ago. Since then, no one had any idea what the hieroglyphs represented, so they made up their own translations. They decided they were magic spells and secret religious chants.