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					The Foundations of Graphic Arts: Learning About Egyptian Hieroglyphs
Graphic arts is a type of fine art that includes several different types of art forms. The field of graphic
arts includes photography, drawing, painting, printmaking, and lithography, among other things.

If you are interested in studying graphic arts, then now is the perfect time to do it. There is a great need
for graphic designers in our ever-changing technological world.

A knowledge of graphic arts is useful in graphic design, web design, information design, and
architectural design. If you’re interested in any of these fields, a background in graphic arts will be very
helpful in propelling you towards becoming successful in a future career.

The Evolution of Graphic Arts
The field of graphic arts has certainly evolved and changed throughout the years into what it currently is
now. In order to understand the evolution of graphic arts, it is important to understand how and where
                                                       it originated.

                                                        One of the first forms of graphic arts in recorded
                                                        history is that of the hieroglyphs of the Egyptians.
                                                        Hieroglyphs were basically pictures that Egyptians
                                                        drew on clay, pots, or anything that would hold an
                                                        inscription.

                                                        The hieroglyphs were basically like the Egyptians’
                                                        language. Some of them were pictures that literally
                                                        stood for physical objects, and some of them were
                                                        more like an alphabet.

It is debated among historians as to whether the Egyptians invented the hieroglyphs on their own, or if
they were influenced by the Sumerian script. Because it is not clear from any record in existence when
each of these languages first came into being, this could perhaps be a historical puzzle that is never
completely solved.

Clues for Deciphering Hieroglyphs
There are many interesting clues available for scholars to be able to learn about and decipher Egyptian
hieroglyphs, however. The Rosetta Stone in particular was key in helping historians learn how to read
and understand Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Upon the Stone is written a decree issued from King Ptolemy V in Memphis, Egypt around the year 196
BC. The decree is written in 3 different languages: Egyptian hieroglyphs, Demotic script, and Ancient
Greek.
Because the same decree is written three times over in three different languages, this provided
hieroglyphs experts with massive amounts of information about how to read and interpret
hieroglyphics. The Rosetta Stone is currently housed in the British Museum in London.

The word “hieroglyphs” means “sacred drawings” in Greek. Many hieroglyphs were used for religious
purposes in Ancient Egypt.

Oftentimes, in order to distinguish between religious writings and regular writings, the Egyptians would
write their hieroglyphs in cursive to be able to tell them apart. But the hieroglyphs of the Egyptians
obviously couldn’t last forever.

When the Greeks conquered Egypt under Alexander the Great, the Greek language began to take over in
the Egyptian culture. Many hieroglyphs were only used for religious purposes at that time.

As time went by, people began gradually converting to Christianity, and so the hieroglyphs were no
longer needed for religious reasons. The hieroglyphs slowly faded out of use at this time.

Although it is sad that many things are still unknown about Egyptian hieroglyphs, there is still a lot that
historians do know. It is interesting to learn and know about this language that plays a key role in the
foundation of modern graphic arts.

				
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