The Alphabet

Origins of the letters “A” and “B,” circa 1850 B.C., Serabit El-Khadim, Egypt. Screenshot from The Secret History of Writing, BBC4.

“Almost all the world’s alphabets share the same root—scripts like Hebrew, Armenian, Cyrillic, Tibetan, Devanagari, Gujarati… All the alphabets of Arabia, the Mediterranean, the Middle East go back to one original prototype. It seems that the alphabet, that idea, as simple as it is, was only invented once.”

The Secret History of Writing, BBC4