Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Sunday 07 March |
Saint of the Day: Sts Perpetua and Felicity
home iconArt & Culture
line break icon

How the world’s first written languages spread around the world (VIDEO)

Public domain

Daniel Esparza - published on 08/10/17

From Sumerian pictographic writing, all the way to Latin, in 2 and a half minutes

The Business Insider Science channel might be one of the best things one can stumble upon on YouTube, and this video, showing how the introduction of writing systems changed the world, one alphabet at a time, is proof of it.




Read more:
Watch Christianity’s 2,016-year spread, in just 90 seconds

In just two and a half minutes, we can appreciate how some different writing systems developed independently in different geographic areas, while watching them unfold from their common roots — from Sumerian pictograms, through Proto-Canaanite alphabets, all the way to Latin.


WORLD RELIGION VIDEO

Read more:
WATCH: Map of how religion spread throughout the world

Tags:
HistoryHumanities
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
GUARDIAN ANGEL
Philip Kosloski
10 Mysterious things to know about guardian angels
2
tabernacle
Philip Kosloski
5 Important things to notice in a Catholic church
3
POPE AUDIENCE
Kathleen N. Hattrup
Do you know the 3 words that describe God’s style? Pope Fra...
4
Ziggurat of Ur
John Burger
Pope’s trip to Iraq is like a pilgrimage to a Holy Land
5
SAINT JOSEPH AND CHILD JESUS
Philip Kosloski
10 Things you should know about St. Joseph
6
WEB2-MANIFESTATIONS-BIRMANIE-TWITTER.jpg
John Burger
Nun and monk put themselves between police and protesters in Myan...
7
ANGEL
Philip Kosloski
Should you name your Guardian Angel?
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.