The Invention of the Alphabet
The alphabet was invented around 1800 BCE in the vicinity of Serabit
el-Khadim in Sinai and decisively influenced the development of human culture.
Surprisingly, it was created by Canaanite miners employed in the Egyptian
turquoise mines at the site. The scripts that preceded it – Mesopotamian
cuneiforms and Egyptian hieroglyphs – were exceedingly complex and consisted
of hundreds of signs. Consequently, few individuals could master them. The
alphabetical system, by ... Read More » From the Catalogue »