Hieratic (/həˈrætɪk/; Ancient Greek: ἱερατικά, romanized: hieratiká, lit.'priestly') is the name given to a cursive writing system used for Ancient Egyptian and the principal script used to write that language from its development in the third millennium BC until the rise of Demotic in the mid-first millennium BC. It was primarily written in ink with a reed pen on papyrus.[1]

Script type
Time period
Naqada III – third century AD
Directionfrom right to left
LanguagesEgyptian language
Related scripts
Parent systems
Child systems
possibly inspired Byblos syllabary
ISO 15924
ISO 15924Egyh, 060 , Egyptian hieratic
U+13000–U+1342F (unified with Egyptian hieroglyphs)
 This article contains phonetic transcriptions in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). For an introductory guide on IPA symbols, see Help:IPA. For the distinction between [ ], / / and  , see IPA § Brackets and transcription delimiters.

Share this article:

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Hieratic, and is written by contributors. Text is available under a CC BY-SA 4.0 International License; additional terms may apply. Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.