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demotic:

see hieroglyphichieroglyphic
[Gr.,=priestly carving], type of writing used in ancient Egypt. Similar pictographic styles of Crete, Asia Minor, and Central America and Mexico are also called hieroglyphics (see Minoan civilization; Anatolian languages; Maya; Aztec).
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demotic

1. of or relating to a simplified form of hieroglyphics used in ancient Egypt by the ordinary literate class outside the priesthood
2. the demotic script of ancient Egypt
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We would not be far off in thinking of the demotic phase of language as a product of the Renaissance, Reformation, and scientific revolution (GC 13), at least in so far as it becomes culturally dominant over the other forms--as the term demotic (from the Greek, people) implies, it has always been used at a basic, concrete, everyday level.
Whereas diplomatic Europe is about finding reconciliation, demotic Europe is about polarization.
Diplomacy tries to lower the temperature; the demotic paradigm raises it.
It was Young, in particular, who made considerable progress in deciphering the Demotic text, identified the hieroglyphic cartouches as containing the names of the Ptolemaic rulers, and tentatively identified a selection of alphabetic signs and words in the hieroglyphic inscription.
Gish's chapter, that begins with an excerpt of her 2009 interview with Liz Lochhead and Margery Palmer McCulloch and builds upon it a comprehensive discussion of Lochhead's creative use of demotic and false Scots, somewhat reflective of Hagemann's earlier research into a variety of uses of demotic Scots in drama.
Here Quack argues that much of the Demotic prophetic literature allegedly containing anti-Persian sentiments derives from much older sources, SO it cannot be regarded as Ptolemaic propaganda against their Seleucid rivals.
The thirteen contributions, all in their original languages, cover such topics as royal letters of Mesopotamia, the justice system in Mesopotamia, the letter and middle Assyrian judicial procedures, the use and abuse of letters in the speeches of the Attic orators, evidence of business agents in classical Greece, Greek letters on stone, the evolution and use of demotic contracts in letter form, and formalization of loan agreements in the later Ptolemaic period.
This unique artefact features a royal decree from Pharaoh Ptolemy V (196 BC) written in three texts: ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Demotic and Ancient Greek.
A second chapter concentrates on demotic language and Skelton's use of the opaque and seemingly nonsensical, especially in his poems in the Skeltonic metre, and a third explores his inventive capacity for using odd personae and quasi-dramatic scenes involving colloquial language.
What most of us are unfamiliar with is the later and specialised work in Egyptology, specifically in demotic studies that deal with native script and culture of the late little-known Saite period, the twenty-sixth dynasty (624 to 525 BCE) up to and including the Roman period.
The discovery of the Rosetta Stone in Egypt's Western Delta in 1799 led to the deciphering of the hieroglyphic script by Jean-Francois Champollion since the three scripts on the stone, in hieroglyphic, demotic and Greek, conveyed the same information.
Especially memorable are the very Rublevian yet 15th-century Hospitality of Abraham, the emotional dynamics of the 1690 Embrace of St Peter and Paul, and the powerfully demotic work of the early 18th-century Dionysios of Fourna.