The ancient Egyptians thought that writing was invented by the god Thoth and called their script that is hieroglyphic”mdju” („words of the gods”). The phrase hieroglyph arises from the Greek hieros (sacred) plus glypho (inscriptions) and was initially employed by Clement of Alexandria.
The earliest known examples of writing in Egypt have already been dated to 3,400 BC. The latest dated inscription in hieroglyphs was made in the gate post of a temple at Philae in 396 AD. More