Hieroglyphics

   Ancient picture writing where the characters represent recognizable objects, like people, birds, boats, etcetera. The most recognized Hieroglyphics were made by the Egyptians. Egyptian Hieroglyphics are composed of two types of signs, Ideograms and Phonograms. Ideograms represent the specific object drawn, or something related to the picture. The picture of a boat may mean boat, or travel. While Phonograms are sound signs, and are used purely for their phonetic value. A sign may be used as a Phonogram and an Ideogram, depending on how they are used and combined with other signs. Determinatives were often placed at the end of a word to indicate if the signs were to be interpreted as Phonograms or Ideograms. Also called Glyphs. See Logograph, Pictographs and Epigrapher.

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