Language in Ancient Egypt

The Egyptian civilization is one of the most famous civilizations of the world. It is famous for its richness in numerous fields. It might make you wonderstruck to hear about the creativity which the Egyptians had. It is important to understand the vividness of their culture and the beauty in the language and literature they followed since the ancient Egyptian language and writing is always special. The classical Egyptian language was the language used for several hundred years. The first time the languages and writing appeared were the time when the tags and labels for the items to be used in the royal tombs of the kings were to be given. The house of life or the Per Ankh employed several scribes for the same purpose. The house of life comprised so many laboratories, libraries and observatories. The library is also known to be the house of books.





Until the year of 1300 BC ancient Egyptian was the language that was considered to be official. The two literature pieces that are very famously known even today are Coffin texts and Pyramid and they were also written in classic Egyptian. From the new kingdom, in the later years Egyptian was spoken and it has been represented in the administrative documents of Ramesside.

Also it has its traces in the tales and poems on love, Coptic and Demotic texts. It is interesting to note that by this period, autobiographies became popular and kings began writing autobiographies on tombs. Best examples are those of Harkhuf and Weni. There was another genre of writing which was known to be Sebayt which means instructions. The main purpose of this genre of writing was to communicate the teachings as well as the guidance from the well known nobles. There are famous examples. The very famous example is Ipuwer papyrus which is considered to be a poem comprising lamentations which describe the natural disasters as well as social upheaval. Now coming to the Story of Sinuhe it was written in the middle Egyptian.