The Hieratic script was invented and developed more or less at the
same time as the hieroglyphic script and was used in parallel with it
for everyday purposes such as keeping records and accounts and writing
letters. It was used until the 26th Dynasty, though by that time, it
was only used for religious texts, while the Demotic
script was used for most other purposes.
A simplified and abbreviated form of the hieroglyphic script in
which the people, animals and object depicted are no longer easily
Structurally the same as the hieroglyphic script
Written almost exclusively from right to left in horizontal lines
and mainly in ink on papyrus
Written in a number of different styles such as "business hand"
and the more elaborate "book hand"
There were a number of regional variations, one of which, a northern
version, developed into the Demotic
script by the 25th Dynasty
Hieratic glyphs and the hieroglyphs they evolved from
Hieratic determinatives and the hieroglyphs they evolved from