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Tool to convert numbers into Egyptian hieroglyphic notation/numerals, convert Egyptian numbers to Arabic numbers and Arabic numbers to Egyptian numbers.

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Egyptian Numerals

Convert Arabic to Egyptian Numbers




Convert Egyptian to Hindu-Arabic Numbers

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What are Egyptian numerals? (Definition)

Egyptian Numerals is a numbering system based on the use of symbols to represent numbers.

Unlike our Arabic numeral system, the Egyptians primarily used symbols related to powers of 10.

How to write a number with Egyptian numerals?

The Egyptian numeral system was additive (position does not matter) and decimal (base 10).

To write a number, the Egyptians had available 7 signs / digits all having a value of a power of 10 which had to be repeated as many times as necessary:

𓏺1
π“Ž†10
𓍒100
𓆼1000
π“‚­10000
𓆐100000
𓁨1000000

Use the form at the top of this page to convert an Egyptian number.

Example: 123 is written π“’π“Ž†π“Ž†π“Ίπ“Ίπ“Ί

The number zero does not exist in this system, the absence of a symbol indicates that there is 0.

Example: 2001 is written 𓆼𓆼𓏺

The Egyptians sometimes used fractions (vertically), the symbol of which is π“‚‹

Example: 1/3 is written
π“‚‹
𓏺𓏺𓏺

(NB: no 1 in the numerator)

How to convert an Egyptian number into Arabic numerals?

Identify each Egyptian symbol and add their values in Hindu-Arabic numerals, the sum obtained is the result of the conversion.

Example: 𓍒𓍒𓏺𓏺𓏺 sis written with 2 times 𓍒 that is the symbol for the value 100 and 3 times 𓏺 that is the symbol for the value 1. Therefore the sum is $ 2 \times 100 + 3 \times 1 = 203 $

How to recognize a Egyptian numbers?

In Egypt, the symbols of the figures are hieroglyphics representing:

𓏺1stroke/bar/stick
π“Ž†10hobble/yoke/bridge
𓍒100rope/spiral
𓆼1000water-lily/lotus
π“‚­10000finger
𓆐100000tadpole
𓁨1000000Heh/God
π“‚‹/mouth

Egyptian Numeral symbols can be used in tattoos for their aesthetic, dates of birth are not necessarily the best choice.

References to Egypt such as the pyramids or the pharaohs are clues.

How to write a date with Egyptian numbers?

The management of the dates of the Egyptian calendar was based on the fluctuations of the Nile and the harvests (therefore nothing reliable or reproducible). Writing a date of birth in Egyptian numbers is an anachronism.

However, it is possible to write a date by separating the 3 numbers of the day, month and year.

Example: 2034-12-21 could be translated char(78268)char(78268)char(78726)char(78726)char(78726)char(78842)char(78842)char(78842)char(78842) - char(78726)char(78842)char(78842) - char(78726)char(78726)char(78842)

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