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Topic: Shapes of Hieratic numerals
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Milo Gardner

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Re: Shapes of Hieratic numerals
Posted: Jul 7, 2009 11:14 AM
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There are several books and professional papers that confirm hieratic and hieroglyphic writing developed on separate tracks. Of course, common features of hieratic and hieroglyphic numeral symbols exist, but as a rule, the two forms of numbers were based on different numeration metaphors.

Tanja Pemmerening in her PhD thesis, as referenced on:

1. "Altjioagyptische Holmasse Metrologish neu Interpretiert" and relevant phramaceutical and medical knowledge, an abstract, Phillips-Universtat, Marburg, 8-11-2004, taken from "Die Altagyptschen Hohlmass" in studien zur Altagyptischen Kulture, Beiheft, 10, Hamburg, Buske-Verlag, 2005


shows that the 1/64 hieratic symbol, used in weights and measures, was closely related to the 'healed' hieroglyphic 1/64 symbol. One implication of this fragment concludes that the rounded-off binary hieroglyphic numeration system, that threw away a 1/64 unit, was exactly corrected in hieroglyphic and hieratic script when 'healed' by the 1/64 dja unit.

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Milo Gardner

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