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Back to School: Egypt by Hapo57 Back to School: Egypt by Hapo57
The (poorly written) hieroglyphs say "No one is born wise".

School in Egypt

Egyptian education was very practical: you only needed to learn what you would be using in your future job. For example, you would only learn math if you were going to be an accountant or perhaps an astronomer. Most Egyptians were illiterate and could not afford to send their children to school, so only the elite were educated. Boys were sent to school at the age of 5 to learn basic writing and ethics- the Egyptians were very concerned about respect and morality- and could further their education if their family could afford it. Students could specialize in higher education, becoming scribes, accountants, priests, or even viziers- advisers to the Pharaoh. Girls were educated at home, and only very wealthy ones would learn to read and write.

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mephiles-joker Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice OuO
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Geranger Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
I always like the way you draw her eyes, they are so narrow and beautiful...

I wonder if modern Egypitan language has any relation with the Ancient Egypitan writing system. Ancient Egypitan language uses characters, right? Last time when I saw "The Book of the Dead" in MetMuseum, I thought that they are actually not very hard to write when it comes to paper and pen...

What are those brown pieces with characters near her right leg? Are they potteries?
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Hapo57 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Her eyes are always a challenge for me- I always worry that I give her too much make up. XD;

I think it does- Egyptian sort of combined with Greek (in the writing system, at least). It would be interesting to know more about the linguistic similarities. We were discussing in one of my classes the other day how Ancient Egyptian was partly a Semitic language, but there are other parts that linguists aren't sure about so it's very unique.
Ancient Egyptian writing was in several different forms: hieratic, demotic, etc. I'm still not sure what the differences between them were, but some were easier to write than others!

Yes, papyrus was very expensive so Egyptian students would practice on broken pottery from the town's scrap pile or on pieces of limestone before they were ready to use papyrus!
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