Four thousand years for a single language is a LONG time

The Egyptian writing known as hieroglyphics was started around 3500 BCE. The last known inscription using this writing was on August 24th 395 CE on a temple to Osiris (the inscription is dated). Sometime after that knowledge to read them was lost until they were deciphered in 1822 CE.

(The Great Courses – The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World)

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