Egyptian Hieroglyphic Writing

The Instruction of Ptahhotep

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Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic writing, numerals and mathematical problems using the ancient numbers and the Rosetta stone.

Champollion & Hieroglyphs

Ancient Egyptian history covers a continuous period of over three thousand years. To put this in perspective – most modern countries count their histories in hundreds of years. Only modern China can come anywhere near this in terms of historical continuity.

Egyptian culture declined and disappeared nearly two thousand years ago. The last vestiges of the living culture ceased to exist in AD 391 when the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius I closed all pagan temples throughout the Roman Empire.

It was not until Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798 that the wonderful artefacts of the Egyptians were seen in Europe and their ancient culture began to awaken from its long slumber. In 1799 a French captain named Pierre Bouchard discovered the Rosetta Stone which was carved with the same text in two languages, Egyptian and Greek, and three writing systems, hieroglyphic, demotic, and the Greek alphabet.

famleyThis was a tremendous piece of luck because it enabled scholars to unlock the hieroglyphic code and without the stone, we would know nothing of the ancient Egyptians, and the details of their three thousand years of history would remain a mystery.

The man who did more than any other to recover the words of the ancient Egyptians was Jean-François Champollion. He was an historian and brilliant linguist and by the age of sixteen had mastered not only Latin and Greek but six ancient Oriental languages, including Coptic, which was the late form of ancient Egyptian.

Champollion had a unique advantage over others in the task of cracking the hieroglyphic code. Because he understood Coptic he was able to translate the meanings of the ancient Egyptian words.

In the 1820s, Champollion established an entire list of Egyptian symbols with their Greek equivalents and was the first Egyptologist to realize that the symbols were not only alphabetic but syllabic, and in some cases determinative, meaning that they depicted the meaning of the word itself.


Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Windows

  • 1000 glyphs, 400 Egyptian word examples, 500 hieroglyphs from the Gardiner list.
  • The history of Egyptian writing and mathematics.
  • Use different types of symbols to write names, secret messages print them onto paper.
  • Recognize king’s names
  • Math calculator functions
  • print functions for pages and the typewriter.
  • The story of the scribe.
  • Search text functions.

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In this section you will find a basic description of ancient Egyptian writing. I have drawn some Hieroglyphs which you can use to write your name.

There is also a simple name translator. You can write your name in the ancient script.


In this section you will find a description of Egyptian numerals and how they work.

There is also some mathematical problems set out using the ancient numbers.


Without the Rosetta stone, we would know nothing of the ancient Egyptians.




Egyptian Hieroglyphs for iPad


- Egyptian Hieroglyphs iPad -  
1000 glyph illustrations
400 Egyptian word examples
500 hieroglyphs from the Gardiner list.
history of Egyptian writing and mathematics
write your name,
recognize kings names
story of the scribe
video showing how papyrus is made.
Hieroglyphic Typewriter
Math Calculator
type secret messages
email hieroglyphic messages


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