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How Korea crafted a better alphabet - History of Writing Systems #11 (Featural Alphabet)
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How Korea crafted a better alphabet - History of Writing Systems #11 (Featural Alphabet)

The Korean alphabet is better than yours. Meet the king who invented it and watch him work his linguistic magic in this chapter in the history of writing. You wake up in another palace. This time you're in Korea. The first face to greet...
Ancient Judean Technology
Definitionby William Brown

Ancient Judean Technology

Though the kingdom of Judah was not particularly notable in terms of technological developments, technology, nonetheless, played a central role in its rise as a political power in the region. Emerging in the 10th century BCE, it reached its...
What's hiding inside Maya glyphs - History of Writing Systems #6 (Syllabary)
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What's hiding inside Maya glyphs - History of Writing Systems #6 (Syllabary)

Maya glyphs aren't just Mesoamerican eye candy. They're a working writing system! Unlike the thousands of logograms encountered in your journey so far, the Maya syllabary lets you combine a very limited number of syllables into a block...
Most Popular Gods & Goddesses of Ancient China
Articleby Emily Mark

Most Popular Gods & Goddesses of Ancient China

There were over 200 gods and goddesses worshipped throughout ancient China, but if one were to count every deity or spirit, the number would be over 1,000. Each town, village, city, field, farm, and sometimes even separate plot in a graveyard...
Buddhist Illuminated Scripts of Ancient Korea
Articleby Mark Cartwright

Buddhist Illuminated Scripts of Ancient Korea

The Goryeo (Koryo) kingdom ruled ancient Korea from 918 CE to 1392 CE, and it oversaw a flourishing of the arts, literature, and architecture. One of these developments was the production of finely crafted illuminated Buddhist texts. Painted...
Song of Everlasting Sorrow
Articleby Emily Mark

Song of Everlasting Sorrow

The Song of Everlasting Sorrow is a narrative poem of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) inspired by the love affair between Xuanzong (r. 712-756 CE), the seventh emperor of the dynasty, and his consort Lady Yang. It was written by the Chinese...
The day the Greeks invented vowels - History of Writing Systems #8 (The Alphabet)
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The day the Greeks invented vowels - History of Writing Systems #8 (The Alphabet)

Your vowels were invented in Greece, giving birth to the first "true" alphabet. Watch as your new toga-clad friend turns your consonant abjad into a consonant-vowel alphabet. It's such a useful mapping of letters to sounds that neighbor...
Semitic's vowel-smuggling consonants - History of Writing Systems #9 (Pointing & Matres Lectionis)
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Semitic's vowel-smuggling consonants - History of Writing Systems #9 (Pointing & Matres Lectionis)

Semitic languages like Hebrew and Arabic evolved a unique way to write vowels... with consonants! See how in this episode of Thoth's Pill: an Animated History of Writing. You're back in the ancient Middle East, where seemingly everyone's...
Han Dynasty
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Han Dynasty

The Han Dynasty (202 BCE - 220 CE) was the second dynasty of Imperial China (the era of centralized, dynastic government, 221 BCE - 1912 CE) which established the paradigm for all succeeding dynasties up through 1912 CE. It succeeded the...
Sanskrit
Definitionby Nikul Joshi

Sanskrit

Sanskrit is regarded as the ancient language in Hinduism, where it was used as a means of communication and dialogue by the Hindu Celestial Gods, and then by the Indo-Aryans. Sanskrit is also widely used in Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism...