How we deciphered Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs
Ancient Egypt: How the language fell in disuse
- Ancient Egypt was conquered, first by Persians, then by Macedonian Greeks under Alexander the Great in 332BC.
- The Ptolematic dynasty, named after Alexander's general, Ptolemy I, ruled Egypt for three centuries. It ended with the death of Cleopatra VII and the Roman occupation in 30BC.
- From AD 395, Egypt was ruled first by Coptic Christians, then by Muslims, until the time of Napoleon.
- Spoken Coptic descended from the language of ancient Egypt, but written Coptic was entirely alphabetic, like Greek. Still, the Coptic language provided approximate pronunciation for hieroglyphs.
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