How did the alphabet evolve over time?

In summary, the Archaic Latin alphabet appears to have been reversed left to right around the time of the Roman Empire. This change may have been caused by the Archaic's writing from right to left, or by the Romans copying the Archaic alphabet.
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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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Related to How did the alphabet evolve over time?

1. How did the alphabet originate?

The alphabet originated from ancient civilizations, specifically the Phoenicians, who created the first phonetic alphabet around 1050 BC. This alphabet consisted of 22 letters and was the basis for many modern alphabets.

2. How did the alphabet evolve over time?

The alphabet evolved through cultural and linguistic influences. As it spread to other civilizations, new letters were added and existing letters were modified to suit different languages. For example, the Greek alphabet added vowels and the Romans added the letters J, U, and W.

3. When was the alphabet standardized?

The alphabet was standardized during the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC. This standardized version, known as the Latin alphabet, became the basis for many modern alphabets used today, including English.

4. How did the alphabet spread to different parts of the world?

The alphabet spread through trade, conquest, and cultural exchange. The Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans played a significant role in spreading the alphabet to Europe and the Mediterranean region. It then spread to other parts of the world through colonization and trade routes.

5. How has technology impacted the evolution of the alphabet?

Technology, specifically the printing press, played a crucial role in the standardization and spread of the alphabet. The printing press allowed for mass production of books and documents, making it easier for the alphabet to be taught and used in different languages. In modern times, technology has also introduced new forms of writing, such as emojis and shorthand, which have influenced the way we communicate and use the alphabet.

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