Where are the words born?

 

We cannot say, neither approximately, where the words are born. Until ever, men felt the need to leave a memory of the experiences they had during their life, they needed to communicate them, and they first did it with strokes and drawings representing the events they wanted to be remembered. I suppose the first think they did were simple strokes to count their belongings, as Juan Luengo tell us in his essay (p. 10). Intellectuals who are studying  the beginning of writing communication believe that it began by drawings representing the idea of the message they wanted to transmit; and then, with the evolution of the messages that became longer and longer, they had to find a more sensible way. They reduced the drawings until they became symbols. Those symbols represented a whole idea or sentence. This kind of writing using symbols is called ideography. Samples of this writing manner where found in Orient and in Occident. The ones found in Egypt are the better known, thanks to the discovery and translation Champlain made in 1799, of a grave stone that contained the same text written in three different versions: hieroglyphic sacerdotal writing from Egypt, demotic or popular characters, and Greek characters.

 

 

The Rosetta stone found by Champlain in 1799 (the whole stone)

 

 

Now, seeing each part with a loop:

 

 

Hieroglyphic sacerdotal writing from Egypt

 

Demotic or popular Characters

 

 

Greek characters

 

The text on this stone was written in 196 before Christ. It is a decree by the priests of Memphis to give divine honours to Ptolemy V.

 

 

 

One of the first texts we know could be the one of this disc from Phaistos, in terra cotta, with Cretan ideographic signs from year 2000 to 1700 before Christ. It is believed to be a hymn to some divinities.

 

 

 

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