Daily Archives: December 7, 2020

But what does it mean?

At this point you’re probably thinking: “Hieroglyphics are pretty, but I have no idea what they mean. And I sure don’t understand Demotic.”

I have to admit, me neither. I look at hieroglyphics or Demotic and I can’t make head or tail out of ‘em. Both are like a secret code. In fact, for centuries NOBODY knew how to read these writing systems. And yet, nowadays egyptologists—people who study ancient Egypt—can read them. How come? What happened? Well, strap in, because we’re going to zoom ahead through huge chunks of time again.

Back to the beginning of The Western Civ User’s Guide to Reading & Writing.