A scribe is a person who writes books or documents by hand in hieroglyphics, cuneiform or other scripts and may help keep track of records for priests and government.The profession, previously found in all literate cultures in some form, lost most of its importance and status with the advent of printing. The work could involve copying books, including sacred texts, or secretarial and administrative duties, such as taking of dictation and the keeping of business, judicial and, historical records for kings, nobles, temples, and cities. Later the profession developed into public servants, journalists, accountants, typists, and lawyers. In societies with low literacy rates, street-corner letter-writers (and readers) may still be found providing a service
In Ancient Egypt
Egyptian scribe with papyrus scroll.
Scribe's Palette with One Reed in Place, ca. 1336-1295 B.C.E.
The most important was a person educated in the arts of writing (using both hieroglyphics and hieratic scripts, and from t...