Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here
The world and your Catholic life, all in one place.
Subscribe to Aleteia's free newsletter!

Not Prepared to Donate?

Here are 5 ways you can still help Aleteia:

  1. Pray for our team and the success of our mission
  2. Talk about Aleteia in your parish
  3. Share Aleteia content with friends and family
  4. Turn off your ad blockers when you visit
  5. Subscribe to our free newsletter and read us daily
Thank you!
Team Aleteia

Subscribe

Aleteia

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

Public domain
Share

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.

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

Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.
Aleteia offers you this space to comment on articles. This space should always reflect Aleteia values.
[See Comment Policy]
Readers like you contribute to Aleteia's Mission.

Since our inception in 2012, Aleteia’s readership has grown rapidly worldwide. Our team is committed to a mission of providing articles that enrich, inspire and inform a Catholic life. That's why we want our articles to be freely accessible to everyone, but we need your help to do that. Quality journalism has a cost (more than selling ads on Aleteia can cover). That's why readers like you make a major difference by donating as little as $3 a month.