Start at the beginning
- developed by illiterate(s)
- Evolved slowly from parent
- first in its area
- inventor known
- language unknown
- mercantile script
- National pride
- now ceremonial
- previous script didn't quite work
- private or secret
- probably developed by illiterate(s)
- probably first in its area
- Rating: 1 "Dull, only here for completeness"
- Rating: 2 "Not all that interesting"
- Rating: 3 "I did not know that"
- Rating: 4 "Huh, interesting!"
- Rating: 5 "Whoa!!"
- revealed in a dream
- significant female influence
- spiritual or supernatural
- technology influenced
Monthly Archives: January 2011
Greek legend says that a Phoenician, Cadmus, brought writing to the Greeks. This is not hard to believe, as the earliest Greek glyphs look very similar to Phoenician. However, the Greek alphabet had something from the beginning that no other … Continue reading
Aramaic script was a very important writing system. While the Phoenician script spread westward via sea trading, Aramaic script spread eastward via land trading. It was the major trade language along much of the Silk Road, and was the official … Continue reading
Phoenician descended from Proto-Sinaitic and is the ancestor of the writing systems used by the vast majority of people today. Greek, Latin, Aramaic, Arabic, and Hebrew are its children and grandchildren, with its influence spreading as far as the Pacific … Continue reading
Have you ever wondered why the English alphabet is ordered “A, B, C…”? Who decided that A should be first, then B, instead of e.g. S and then D? Well, we don’t know who came up with that ordering, but … Continue reading
Try to find out when Cypriot script started, and the answer you get differs wildly depending upon the source. In part, this reflects differing opinions about whether they consider the writing system on early artifacts to be Cypriot or not. … Continue reading
Luwian hieroglyphics — also called Anatolian hieroglyphics or (incorrectly) Hittite hieroglyphics — do not seem to be stylistically related to any other language, so it is likely this writing system was invented by the Luwians, although they pretty certainly knew … Continue reading
Ancient Crete had not one but three writing systems at roughly the same time: the Cretan hieroglyphics, Linear A, and Linear B. Linear A and the Cretan hieroglyphics have not been deciphered, but Linear B has. Linear B has about … Continue reading
There is an artifact, a clay tablet called the Phaistos disc, that was found in Crete with unusual signs on it. The signs have not been deciphered, but they look logographic in that each symbol is easy to recognize as … Continue reading
In around 1700BC, the Hittites adapted Assyrian cuneiform (which was basically just Akkadian cuneiform which had been around long enough to evolve slightly) to their language. They only took about half of the symbols from Assyrian cuneiform, of which roughly … Continue reading