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Demotic
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Term coined by Hdt. (2,36) for an Egyptian cursive script attested from the 7th cent. BC; initially used exclusively for recording everyday texts (documents, letters, receipts, lists and the like) and thus distinct as a ‘common’ script from ‘holy’ script ( Hieroglyphs,  Hieratic). From the 4th cent. BC other texts were written in demotic script: narrative and instructional literature, scholarly, religious, mythological, funereal and magic texts, monumental inscriptions ( Bilingual inscriptions) decrees ( Rosetta Stone), graffiti etc. The language …

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Zauzich, Karl-Theodor (Sommershausen), “Demotic”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 09 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e315600>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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