Can You Code in Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs?

Rows of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs
Rows of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs
The Pyramids of Giza on a foggy morning.
The Pyramids of Giza on a foggy morning.
Photo by Emily Liang on Unsplash
Pokemon crossing sign — with Pikachu on it.
Pokemon crossing sign — with Pikachu on it.

𓀭

Most of the hieroglyphs you see represent sounds — sounds that form words. Like a syllabic alphabet! And what’s better, over a thousand translated hieroglyphs are available in Unicode. That means we can type them into any document, code editor, or terminal. By the way, how awesome would it be to send work emails in hieroglyphs? “That project you wanted done? Here it is in the attachment. A’nekh djet! 𓋹𓏙

The Rosetta Stone.
The Rosetta Stone.
Rosetta Stone for the win.

𓍢 𓍢 𓍢 𓎎 𓐀

That’s just to write out a number. If you wanted to work with a fraction — well the Egyptians only used fractions that had a numerator of one.

Pyramid on the moon with astronaut.
Pyramid on the moon with astronaut.

𓁚𓇳𓌵𓅓𓂓𓁨𓆴

Okay, so if we substitute our modern way of using numbers and mathematical expressions and plug in the hieroglyphs for if-else statements and the like, we can make that work. Yes!

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