What year is it?

Tom Falco
1 min readJan 5, 2024
Cartoon via TomFalco.com

This recent cartoon is not really correct — the hieroglyphics are not numbers.

The ankh, the cross symbol is an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol meaning “key of life,” used to represent the word for “life” it’s a symbol of life itself.

And the eye symbol — the Eye of Horus, in ancient Egypt, symbol representing protection, health, and restoration.

Numbers are shown here, as an example you can see the year 2765 is written as shown above and here are the Eye of Horus and the Ankh, the cross symbol.

But the Egyptians didn’t count the years as we do. The ancient Egyptians counted the years starting at the year a Pharaoh started his reign (called Regnal Years). So back then they started over every time they had a new Pharaoh.

Other than all that, I think it’s a cool cartoon.

Originally published at tomversation.com on January 5, 2024.



Tom Falco

Tom, along with being a cartoonist, writes about art, history and culture.