Can you imagine life without writing? Some assume that writing, like speech, has always been around, but in fact writing was invented relatively recently. Unlike speech, writing has left a physical record, which helps us trace its history.
We will follow the story of how writing was invented in ancient Sumer and look at writing systems around the world. We will also examine the history of the English ABC’s (originally ABG’s), beginning with their ancient Semitic origins, and will learn that five English letters all derive from the same Phoenician sign. We’ll talk about scribes and their scripts, look at examples of calligraphy and, half a century into the digital age, consider the future of writing.
Note: Back by popular demand, from spring 2017.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.