A cursive script developed from hieroglyphs and regularly used for business and everyday matters, from the earliest dynasties until the New Kingdom (about two thousand years). Hieratic was particularly employed for writing on papyrus: official, administrative and legal documents and also literary and scientific works.
Biographical Dictionary of Ancient Egypt by Rosalie and Antony E. David
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   Modern term derived from the Greek word for the abbreviated form of writing the hieroglyphicscript, which developed during the Early Dynastic Period and was used primarily on papyri and ostraca for correspondence and religious and literary texts. The earliest complete texts are the Abusir Papyri of Dynasty 5. The script fell out of use during the Saite Period, when it was largely replaced by demotic, but it persisted in use in religious texts until the Roman Period.
Historical Dictionary Of Ancient Egypt by Morris L. Bierbrier

Ancient Egypt. A Reference Guide. . 2011.

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