A cursive script developed from business Hieratic and introduced towards the end of the seventh century BC, demotic also had a distinctive grammar and new vocabulary. Mainly used for legal and administrative documents but also for some literary works, it replaced hieratic (now employed mainly for religious literature) and hieroglyphs (now confined to inscriptions on stone). For almost a thousand years, it was the only widespread writing form in general use.
Biographical Dictionary of Ancient Egypt by Rosalie and Antony E. David
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   Term derived from the Greek for the cursive Egyptian script, which was derived from and then superseded hieratic from the Saite Period. It was used primarily on papyri and ostraca but also occasionally on carved stone, notably theRosetta Stone. Use of the script declined following the Roman conquest as it was no longer recognized in the courts and solely used by priests. The last known text has been found in the temple of Philaedated to 452 AD.
   See also Hieroglyphic.
Historical Dictionary Of Ancient Egypt by Morris L. Bierbrier

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