Coptic or Coptic Egyptian (Met Remenkēmi) is the latest stage of the Egyptian language, a northern Afro-Asiatic language spoken in Egypt until at least the 17th century. Egyptian began to be written in the Coptic alphabet – an adaptation of the Greek script with some letters inherited from Demotic – in the 1st century CE.
An Old Kingdom scribe from a 5th dynasty tomb in Saqqara sits in the classic pose of a high official. His left hand unrolls a papyrus scroll while the right rests on the document. Writing in Egypt was invented to keep records of the estates in ancient Egypt. As such, a scribe was a position of great honor and prestige. The Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt,Egypt's Old Kingdom, Scribe, Egyptian Museum, Cairo
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