I Bet the Ancient Egyptians rocked at Pictionary!

Done by: Amelia, Jasmine, Renette, Tim Loi

Hey everyone! Here is a question:

If you were a participant in an international Pictionary competition, (that also includes international participants spanning from the beginning of civilization) who would you pick to be in your team?

Would you pick the knights, with all their courage and 'intellectual prowess', who say 'Ni!' ?

Or would you pick the Egyptians, with their pictorial sophistication in Hieroglyphs?

For our last post, we created a Tumblr from the perspective of a present-day Egyptian language expert, Thoth. (Coincidentally, he may or may not have been distantly descended from Thoth, known as the Egyptian God of wisdom, writing and language).

Thoth talks about the emergence of Egyptian writing systems. His page will cover a variety of topics, including Hieroglyphs, a brief history of the writing style, how to read them, and deciphering certain phrases of the Egyptian text. Because Thoth is an expert, he will also be explaining the development of Hieroglyphs to other forms of writing (such as Demotic writing), as well as types of writing materials used in ancient Egypt.

Ostracon with Demotic inscription, limestone, ptolemaic period. By David Liam Moran. CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

Ostracon with Demotic inscription, limestone, ptolemaic period. By David Liam Moran. CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

Being an Egyptian language expert, Thoth enjoys learning and sharing about Egyptian written language due to its historical importance- you see, Egyptians are said to be the creators of formal written scripts used for communication! (Although contrary evidence may suggest otherwise...)

As Thoth says*,

"Read. Believe or not, but read. And the vibration found therein will awaken a response in your soul."

Please read Thoth's writing; if you have any questions, feel free to write in on the "ask" box- Thoth will gladly advise you based on his own expertise and knowledge. 

Note of caution: Because Thoth is an academic, he tends to write in long prose. However, he tries to stay relevant with the times by including modern-day video explanations to your questions.

Without further ado, here is Thoth's page: 

I Bet The Ancient Egyptians Rocked At Pictionary!

Thank you for reading and enjoy!

*Not actually by Thoth himself. Quoted from the foreword of Maurice Doreal's book on Thoth, "The Emerald Tablets of Thoth- The-Altantean". Close enough. 

Reference List

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An Introduction to Papyrus Ancient and Modern. From The University of Michigan Papyrus Collection. Accessed 17 April 2017

Altmann, Gabriel & Fan, Fengxiang. Analyses of Script: Properties of Characters and Writing Systems. (2008)

Doreal, Maurice. The Emerald Tablets of Thoth-The-Atlantean. (2006) Accessed 31 March 2017. 

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Media reference list:

Art of the Problem. Origins of Cuneiform & Hieroglyphics. (Oct 14 2012) Youtube.

Bryan Derksen, Ptolemy in hieroglyphs (6 October 2006). Public Domain.

David Liam Moran, Demotic Ostrakon (9 September 2007).  CC BY-SA 3.0

Guillaume Blanchard, Naqada II pottery (01 July 2015). CC-BY-SA-1.

Hans Hillewaert, Rosetta Stone (21 November 2007). CC BY-SA 4.0,

Max Pixel, Hieroglyphics on pillar columns in Ancient Egypt. CC0-Public Domain.
NativLang. How Egypt invented the alphabet - History of Writing Systems #7 (Abjad). (Sep 25 2015) Youtube.

NativLang. What if writing didn't exist? - History of Writing Systems #1. (Aug 14 2015) Youtube.

Screenshot of Hieroglyphic examples from Egyptian Language: Easy Lessons in Egyptian Hieroglyphics by Sir Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis Budge

Today I Found Out. How Hieroglyphics were Originally Translated. (Nov 16 2015). Youtube.