Squiggle, line, ink splodge…

I am beginning to learn to read hieratic after 3 years of hieroglyphs (both Middle and Late Egyptian) and I cannot believe how hard it is to start! After hours of looking at it, side by side with the facsimile of the hieroglyph version, I am only just identifying the different shapes and starting to see how it all works together.

I am thinking that the best way to attack learning this is to look at texts this way and also learn the shapes of the consonants and then working up from there – has anyone done this? Does anyone have any tips or tricks to upskilling in hieratic?


Image Reference: Scribe’s exercise tablet by One dead president, David Liam Moran (Own work) CC BY-SA 3.0.

For Resources on Hieratic have a look at my resources page.