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Writing Team 1

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Writing in Ancient Egypt


Was there a written language in Ancient Egypt? 

If so, who wrote?

What was written?

How is writing similar/different today?


In Egypt there was a writing system called hieroglyphics. Hieroglyphics is a system of symbols that represent words. Only some boys learned to read and write. The ones who learned how to read and write were very wealthy and were in the upper class. Only boys learned how to write because they had more rights than women. They grew up to be scribes or priests. Scirbes kept track of everything from trade to holidays.


     Scribes also kept track of things that happened in wars, speeches and other important events. Priests kept track of religious hoilidays and everything else that had to be written for the churches. You may think that writing today is completely different than it was in ancient Egypt, but it is not that different. Writing was done by only a few rich men in ancient Egypt, today it is done by almost everyone: rich, poor,boy or girl. In ancient Egypt, writing wasn't used as often as it is today. Writing is used all the time now. In ancient Egypt, few people knew how to write, so it wasn't as common.


     Writing is now used for homework, school projects, books speeches, religios holidays, the newspapers, the internet, and other important things. In ancient Egypt, writing was used for important events,speeches,religious holidays and other important things. These are some ways that ancieny Egyptian writing is siniliar and different to today's writing.



                                       The Rosetta Stone

                                                                          the hieroglyphic code cracker:

        -written in hieroglyphics, advanced Egyptian & Greek 

                        -understanding the Greek lead to the translation of the hieroglyphics                         

 Rosetta Stone 



Ankh-the Egyptian symbol for life


Ba-the physical vitality present in a living thing


Cartouche-an oval frame used to surround the hieroglyphic name of any important person in ancient Egypt


Deities-gods and goddesses


Embalming- the process of making a mummy


Faience- ground up guartz (a mineral) often shaped in a mould and painted with blue glaze. Used to make amulets and jewellery


Ibu- the place of purification, often a tent on the west side of the Nile where bodies were taken to be washed before embalming.


Ka- a persons spirit or soul


Meroe- a trading city and a center for making iron


Obelisk-a tall slender, four-sided stone pillar shaped from a single stone


Sarcophagus- a stone coffin


Scarab- a beetle that was sacred to the ancient Egyptians


Sphinx- an Egyptian statue having the body of a lion and the head of a man


Tombs- usually underground, the tombs were tunnelled out of the cliffs and may have been a single corridor or a number of rooms


Ushabti (Shabti)- these small stone, wooden or faience figures were servants for the next life




















Writing Team (list member first names & last initial)

  • Tim E. - Editor
  • Nick T. - Librarian
  • Ryan L. - Vocabulary
  • Brendan L. - Illustrator
  • Richie L. - Researcher


Comments (17)

Mrs. Olsen said

at 7:40 pm on Oct 6, 2008

Hi Writing Team.

I'm glad you have found some information. Remember...your answer should be in paragraph form.

Mrs. Olsen

wikiuser0009 said

at 4:15 pm on Oct 7, 2008

Hi its Nicole C. yours is coming out really good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

wikiuser0029 said

at 4:24 pm on Oct 7, 2008

hi its Parz make your colors softer they r to bright

wikiuser0015 said

at 6:42 pm on Oct 8, 2008

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wikiuser0009 said

at 7:28 pm on Oct 8, 2008

I just want to tell you................you spelt editor wrong
~~~~Nicole C.<3~~~~

Mrs. Olsen said

at 8:57 pm on Oct 9, 2008

Hello Writing Team!

Time to get busy on the project. Please see me or Ms. Paduano if you need help.

Mrs. Olsen

P.S. I would suggest you not spend time on the formatting until all of your content is on the page.

wikiuser0036 said

at 5:13 pm on Oct 10, 2008

i love the colors

Mrs. Gallagher said

at 8:31 pm on Oct 12, 2008

Why were boys the only ones who were allowed to read and write? Who were the boys allowed to read and write? What were the hieroglyphic symbols based on? Maybe some of these questions might help you find out more information.
Mrs. Gallagher

Mrs. Gallagher said

at 3:33 pm on Oct 15, 2008

Hi, Team,
I'm sorry, but I just noticed a couple of errors. You wrote: "The ones who laerned how to read......." Look at the fourth word. Also, "They became scribes or preists ..." Look at the fifth word. What did scribes keep track of? You have an incomplete sentence. I hope this helps you.
Mrs. Gallagher

wikiuser0009 said

at 5:41 pm on Oct 15, 2008

You spelt editor wrong

wikiuser0009 said

at 5:42 pm on Oct 15, 2008

wat boys were aloud to write: lower class,middle class,or only a few upper class

wikiuser0002 said

at 5:04 pm on Oct 19, 2008

hey guys get to work sorry if i sound mean look at ours

wikiuser0015 said

at 6:17 pm on Oct 19, 2008

hey guys u better get started this thin is due tom. and u didnt even start sry if i sound pushie come check out economy

wikiuser0011 said

at 9:47 pm on Oct 19, 2008


wikiuser0011 said

at 9:56 pm on Oct 19, 2008

why did you steal the lock i had another paragraph written

wikiuser0023 said

at 11:00 pm on Oct 19, 2008


wikiuser0014 said

at 9:41 am on Oct 28, 2008

GO eat a bannana

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