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:
sacerdotal writing from Egypt
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
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