In Ancient Egypt hieroglyphics were developed in 3400
B.C. Hieroglyphics represented, pictograms, objects, ideas,
phonoglyphs, and sounds of objects and words. In Egyptian
language, the words came from prefixes, suffixes, and
vowels. To specify the meaning of symbols, it included one
or more determinatives*. Hieroglyphics were used to
represent the names of a man. Some hieroglyphics were
painted, carved, or written with blunt reed pens on papyrus.
Hieroglyphics were read from top to bottom. In the 6th
century demotic was a form of cursive that was used for all
purposes. After that no one found hieroglyphics until the
Rosetta Stone was deciphered which was in the 19th
Ideograms are idea-signs where each picture
stands for the object represented, or for an idea that is
closely connected with the object.
Specific words could be written using only sound signs
or only idea signs or they could be written as a combination
of both. It was common to use one or more idea-signs at the
end of a word to give the general meaning of the word. These
were called determinatives.