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HIEROGLYPHICS (Gr. iepos, sacred, and...

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Originally appearing in Volume V13, Page 454 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HIEROGLYPHICS (Gr. iepos, sacred, and'yXv ni, carving), the term used by Greek and Latin writers to describe the sacred characters of the ancient Egyptian language in its classical phase. It is now also used for various systems of writing in which figures of objects take the place of conventional signs. Such characters which symbolize the idea of a thing without expressing the name of it are generally styled " ideographs " (Gr. ib&a, idea, and ypa4eiv, to write), e.g. the Chinese characters. See EGYPT, Language; CUNEIFORM; INSCRIPTIONS and WRITING.
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