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Hieratic is an ancient Egyptian cursive writing system derived from hieroglyphic. It developed in the Protodynastic Period (c. 3200–3000 BC). Hieratic was a more simplistic and practical innovation for everyday use, while the more time-consuming and visually appealing hieroglyphic writing system continued to be used for inscriptions on stone and religious literature for its spiritual and decorative function. Hieratic later evolved into Demotic around 650 BC.[1]

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  1. McGregor 2015, p. 306.