Demotic (Egyptian)

Demotic (from Ancient Greek: δημοτικός dēmotikós, 'popular') is the ancient Egyptian script derived from northern forms of hieratic used in the Nile Delta, and the stage of the Egyptian language written in this script, following Late Egyptian and preceding Coptic. The term was first used by the Greek historian Herodotus to distinguish it from hieratic and hieroglyphic scripts. By convention, the word "Demotic" is capitalized in order to distinguish it from demotic Greek.

Demotic
Demotic script on a replica of the Rosetta Stone
Script type
Logographic
Time period
c. 650 BC–5th century AD
DirectionMixed
LanguagesDemotic (Egyptian language)
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ISO 15924
ISO 15924Egyd, 070 , Egyptian demotic
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