Evolution of the Alphabet

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DennisN

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One of my friends sent a link to this illustration which I found very, very fascinating:

Visualizing-the-Evolution-of-the-Alphabet.png

(Image by Matt Baker, UsefulChart.com, image source: link)

If I decipher the chart correctly, e.g. the letter "O" developed from an image of an eye.
According to the wiki page about "O" an eye indeed seems to be the origin:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O#History

More info on wiki here: History of the alphabet
 
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What can we deduce about the ancient Proto-Sinaitic culture. Lessee...

Willem Dafoe doing a pose from Platoon.
A telly.
A recliner.
A syringe.
Willem Dafoe drawn by a Nazcan.
A lollipop.
A backscratcher.
A railway track.
The sign of a vector directed towards the surface.
A broken TV aerial on a roof.
Two hot dogs in a pot.
Captain Hook's right hand.
An electrocardiogram.
A bicycle handlebar.
A fixed TV aerial.
A particularly flat teapot.
A cul-de-sac.
A wine opener.
An engagement ring.
A man in a beanie hat.
A single hot dog in a pot.
A four-way intersection.

We conclude the culture was remarkably similar to ours.
 
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What can we deduce about the ancient Proto-Sinaitic culture. Lessee...

Willem Dafoe doing a pose from Platoon.
A telly.
A recliner.
A syringe.
Willem Dafoe drawn by a Nazcan.
A lollipop.
A backscratcher.
A railway track.
The sign of a vector directed towards the surface.
A broken TV aerial on a roof.
Two hot dogs in a pot.
Captain Hook's right hand.
An electrocardiogram.
A bicycle handlebar.
A fixed TV aerial.
A particularly flat teapot.
A cul-de-sac.
A wine opener.
An engagement ring.
A man in a beanie hat.
A single hot dog in a pot.
A four-way intersection.

We conclude the culture was remarkably similar to ours.
That's actually genius.
 
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Comparing the Archaic Latin and Roman sets, many of them have been reversed left to right in the Roman version. I have seen this before, and I still wonder about it. What caused that change? Did the Archaics write from right to left? Maybe we can date the invention of the mirror?
 
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