Only 1 out of every 100 ancient Egyptians could read and write.
Scribes were the few Egyptians who knew how to read and write.
Being a scribe was an extremely difficult job because in total, there were hundreds of different hieroglyphs to remember.
It took as long as twelve years to train as a scribe.
No, only boys went to school to learn to be scribes.
The scribes used a kind of paper called papyrus, which was made from reeds otherwise known as the papyrus plant.
A scribe recorded in writing the everyday life and extraordinary happenings in ancient Egypt. Their jobs were varied and included:
- writing letters for fellow villagers who couldn't write
- recording the amount of crops harvested
- calculating the amount of food needed to feed the tomb workers
- keeping accounts and ordering supplies for temples and the Egytian army
Almost all of our known knowledge about the ancient Egyptians came from the work and art of the ancient Egyptian scribe.