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Lotte-Marijn Millar
Lotte-Marijn Millar • 1 year ago

The Gothic alphabet is an alphabet for writing the Gothic language, created in the 4th century by Ulfilas (or Wulfila) for the purpose of translating the Christian Bible. The alphabet is essentially an uncial form of the Greek alphabet, with a few additional letters to account for Gothic phonology: Latin F, two Runic letters to distinguish the /j/ and /w/ glides from vocalic /i/ and /u/, and the ƕair letter to express the Gothic labiovelar.

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runic alphabets which were used to write various Germanic languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet

albrecht dürer. I love a good gothic script--one of my favorite letterforms to render.

Perhaps the Oldest European Alphabet Circa 800 BCE. A writing tablet in Greek/Phoenician dating from this time may be the oldest European alphabet, the oldest writing tablet extant, and part of the world's oldest book in codex form. The other old writing tablets are 2 from Nimrod [Nimrud], one ivory, the other walnut wood, dated 707 - 705 BC., in addition to a 8th c. BC Neo-Hittite wood tablet.

The Greek alphabet, the script of English today, is based on the Kemetic alphabet of Ancient Egypt/Kemet and the Upper Nile Valley of Ancient Africa. Ancient Egyptians called their words MDW NTR, or ‘Metu Neter,” which means divine speech. The Greeks called it, ‘hieroglyphics"- a Greek word. The etymology of hieroglyphics is sacred (hieros) carvings (glyph). The Oromos (the Kemet of modern age) called it Qubee.

Lontara alphabet, Sulawesi in Indonesia

The Glagolitic alphabet was invented during the 9th century by the missionaries St Cyril (827-869 AD) and St Methodius (826-885 AD) in order to translate the Bible and other religious works into the language of the Great Moravia region. They probably modelled Glagolitic on a cursive form of the Greek alphabet, and based their translations on a Slavic dialect of the Thessalonika area, which formed the basis of the literary standard known as Old Church Slavonic.

Paleography - noun: 1. The study of ancient writings and inscriptions, dating, deciphering, and interpreting them - 2. Ancient forms of writing: documents, inscriptions, etc. - 3. An ancient style or method of writing.

The Kharoṣṭhī script is an ancient Indic script used by the Gandhara culture of ancient Northwest South Asia in the Gāndhārī language. An alphasyllabary, it was in use from the middle of the 3rd century BCE until it died out in around the 3rd century. It was also in use in Bactria, Gandhara (the period of the Kushan Empire), Sogdiana and along the Silk Road, where there is some evidence it may have survived until the 7th century in the remote way stations of Khotan and Niya.

Earliest known example of Turkic writing found in Mongolia, early 8th century.

A few of the Vindolanda Tablets, the oldest surviving handwritten documents in Britain (roughly contemporary with Hadrian's Wall, they date to the 1st and 2nd centuries AD). The tablets are written in forms of Roman cursive script, considered to be the forerunner of joined-up writing, classified as Old Roman Cursive. Tablet 343: Letter from Octavius to Candidus concerning supplies of wheat, hides and sinews.