This action terminated a four thousand year old tradition and the message of the ancient Egyptian language was lost for years. It was not until the discovery of the Rosetta stone and the work of Jean-Francois Champollion that the Ancient Egyptians awoke from their long slumber. Today, by virtue of the vast quantity of their literature, we know more about Egyptian society than most other ancient cultures.
A hieroglyph Greek for "sacred carvings" was a character of the ancient Egyptian writing system. Logographic scripts that are pictographic in form in a way reminiscent of ancient Egyptian are also sometimes called "hieroglyphs". The word hieroglyphics refers to a hieroglyphic script.
Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Writing
Hieroglyphic writing , a system that employs characters in the form of pictures. Those individual signs , called hieroglyphs , may be read either as pictures, as symbols for pictures, or as symbols for sounds. Earlier, other Greeks had spoken of sacred signs when referring to Egyptian writing.
Hieroglyph , a character used in a system of pictorial writing , particularly that form used on ancient Egyptian monuments. Hieroglyphic symbols may represent the objects that they depict but usually stand for particular sounds or groups of sounds. Modern usage has extended the term to other writing systems, such as Hieroglyphic Hittite, Mayan hieroglyphs, and early Cretan.