Alphabets

European Alphabets

Early Cretan Pictographs

Approx. 2100 BCE - Approx. 1700 BCE

Early Greek Alphabet

Approx. 800 BCE - Approx. 0

Parchment used for manuscripts

Approx. 200 BCE - Approx. 1400

Pompeiian Wall Writting

Approx. 80 BCE - Approx. 79 CE

Trajan's Column

Approx. 113 AD

Roman square capitals and rustic capitals

Approx. 200 CE - Approx. 500 CE

Greek uncials

Approx. 250 CE

Middle Eastern Alphabets

Ras Shamra Script

Approx. 1450 BCE - Approx. 1200 BCE

Aramaic Alphabet

Approx. 800 BCE - Approx. 600 CE

Early Arabic Alphabet

Approx. 600 BCE - Approx. 500 CE

Naskhi becomes dominant Arabic Alphabet

Approx. 1000 CE

Asian Alphabets

Unification of Chinese Scripts

Approx. 1000 BCE

Kanji, Japanese Writing

721

Hangul Korean Alphabet

Approx. 1446

Other Alphabets

Ge'ez Scrip, Ethiopian Alphabet

Approx. 500 BCE - Approx. 330 CE

Use of Mayan Hieroglyphs

Approx. 300 BCE - Approx. 1200

Modern Day

Modern Day

October 5, 2015