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From Egyptian hieroglyphs to your alphabet, watch these miners turn fancy symbols into simple scratches that were all about the sounds.
First marvel at hieroglyphic inscriptions in the shadow of the great pyramids. Once you grasp how those work (or dismiss their archaic complexities), travel to a cave in the Sinai desert. See those old ornate consonants and determinatives turn into a rushed, simplified alphabet before your very eyes!
But this isn't where the story of writing ends. A Phoenician merchant asks you to pack up the alphabet and help her trade it around the ancient Mediterranean.
Cite This Work
NativLang, . (2017, October 12). How Egypt invented the alphabet - History of Writing Systems #7 (Abjad). Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/video/1298/
NativLang, . "How Egypt invented the alphabet - History of Writing Systems #7 (Abjad)." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified October 12, 2017. https://www.ancient.eu/video/1298/.
NativLang, . "How Egypt invented the alphabet - History of Writing Systems #7 (Abjad)." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 12 Oct 2017. Web. 30 Mar 2020.