Meroitic



The Meroitic script is very similar to the Egyptian Writing System. It was used by the Meroe people, a civilization of the Sudan.

The system is alaphabetcial, written from right to left, unlike the Egyptian system which can be written right to left, left to right, and vertically.

Meroe, a city on the Nile between the fifth and sixth cataracts, was the seat of one branch of the Kush royal family.

Following the loss of Egypt, Meroe developed into the capital, with its palaces and temples in the Egyptian style. Exactly when the transfer took place is not certain, either in the sixth or the fourth century B.C.

It gradually became fully independent of Egyptian culture, including its language. The use of the Egyptian language and hieroglyphics disappeared, giving way to Meroitic, a language with both a hieroglyphic and a cursive script.

Although the phonetic values of the 23 characters of the alphabet have been ascertained, the language has not been deciphered.

Meroitic Language Wikipedia





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